AMD Phenom X3 8750 Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Applications 8.7
Gaming 8.7
Multimedia 8.6
Value 8.8
Distributor: AMD
Reviewer:
Joel Williams

8.7


AMD Phenom X3 8750

AMD have released the revolutionary triple-core processor with three models available that include the AMD Phenom X3 8450, X3 8650 and X3 8750 (this review) which supports the latest B3 stepping technology. Like the QUAD core Phenom processors, the triple core processors incorporates three cores onto a single die of silicon, ensuring the best for multimedia, multitasking and gaming.

Specifications

 

 
Processor AMD Phenom™ X3 Triple-Core
Model 8750
OPN Tray HD8750WCJ3BGH
OPN PIB HD8750WCGHBOX
Operating Mode 32 Bit Yes
Operating Mode 64 Bit Yes
Revision B3
Core Speed (MHz) 2400
Voltages 1.10/1.15/1.20/1.25V
Max Temps (C) 70'C
Wattage 95 W
L1 Cache Size (KB) 128
L1 Cache Count 3
L2 Cache Size (KB) 512
L2 Cache Count 3
L3 Cache Size (KB) 2048
CMOS 65nm
Socket AM2+

In relation to the AMD Phenom X3 8750 processor, it runs at a whopping 2.4Ghz and is manufactured with 65nm Silicon on Insulator process technology. Best of all, this processor has been designed to be energy efficient which still allows for high-end performance but with controlled energy dispersion. Add in 3MB of combined L2 and L3 cache, the AMD Phenom X3 8750 is no slouch when it comes to power.

We tested the processor with Sandra WI SP2 Memory Bandwidth benchmarking and discovered some startling results that performed also as well the AMD Phenom 9850 and better than the Intel QX9770 in this aspect proving that the CPU has the ability to move large amounts of information around in flawless perfection.

Sandra XII SP1 Memory Bandwidth

AMD Phenom 9850 (10092)
AMD Phenom 8750 (9283)
Intel QX9770 (8421)

In regards to real world software such as Windows XP, CS3 Photoshop and Microsoft Office 2008, the CPU performed well, however was not as powerful as the Intel based CPU's but in regards to multitasking, it performed exceptionally well, given the cost and power of the higher end Intel processors.

Gaming is a real test for a CPU, considering the power that it uses to create vast gaming worlds as its renders graphics, calculates artificial intelligence and a wide gamut of other options, it can sometimes be considered a definitive test for the CPU.

We tested the game with Crysis and medium resolution and detail which produced an exceptional 30 frames per second which is quite impressive for this game that struggles on even the high end Intel systems.  Crysis is a first person shooter that requires a considerable amount of CPU and graphic processing power and to be able to run the game at this speed is a true test for this processor. BioShock performed equally well as did World of Warcraft.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the AMD Phenom X3 8750 Triple Core Processor worked quite with a variety of applications and games with no issues whatsoever. As developers continue their support of multiple cored processors such as dual, quad or triple core, these are definitely the CPU's of the future that not only improve performance, they reduce energy consumption and allow the user access to a greater number of software opportunities.

One of the best aspects of the X3 8750 is the ability to install the CPU into almost all AM2 boards without any hassles whatsoever which is a huge advantaged over Intel which require new motherboards. With the inclusion of B3 stepping, this processor produces quite a few benefits to the user with a stable operating system and decent performance.
 

Features: The Industry's First True Triple-Core x86 Processor
 
  • AMD64 with Direct Connect Architecture
  • Helps improve system performance and efficiency by directly connecting the memory controller and I/O to the CPU.
  • Designed to enable simultaneous 32- and 64-bit computing
  • Integrated DDR2 Memory Controller
  • Increases application performance by reducing memory latency
  • Scales memory bandwidth and performance to match compute needs
  • HyperTransport™ Technology provides up to 16.0GB/s peak bandwidth per processor — reducing I/O bottlenecks
  • Up to 33.1GB/s total delivered processor-to-system bandwidth (HyperTransport bus + memory bus)

    AMD Balanced Smart Cache

  • Shared L3 cache
  • In addition to the 512K L2 cache per core, up to 2MB of L3 cache shared by up to 3 cores.
  • Benefit: Shortened access times to highly accessed data for better performance.

    AMD Wide Floating Point Accelerator

  • 128-bit floating point unit (FPU)
  • High performance (128bit internal data path) floating point unit per core.
  • Benefit: Larger data paths for quicker floating point calculations and better performance.

    HyperTransport™ Technology

  • One 16-bit link up to 3600MT/s
  • Up to 8 .0 GB/s HyperTransport™ I/O bandwidth; Up to 16.0GB/s in HyperTransport Generation 3.0 mode
  • Up to 33.1GB/s total delivered processor-to-system bandwidth (HyperTransport bus + memory bus)
  • Benefit: Quick access times to system resources for better performance.

    Integrated DDR2 DRAM Controller with AMD Memory Optimizer Technology

  • A high-bandwidth, low-latency integrated DDR2 memory controller
  • Supports PC2-8500 (DDR2-1066); PC2-6400 (DDR2-800), PC2-5300 (DDR2-667), PC2-4200 (DDR2-533) or PC2-3200 (DDR2-400) SDRAM unbuffered DIMMs
  • Support for 64-bit DDR2 SDRAM memory
  • Up to 17.1GB/s memory bandwidth
  • Benefit: Quick access to system memory for better performance.

    AMD Virtualization™ (AMD-V™) With Rapid Virtualization Indexing

  • Silicon feature-set enhancements designed to improve the performance, reliability, and security of existing and future virtualization environments by allowing virtualized applications with direct and rapid access to their allocated memory.
  • Benefit: Helps virtualization software to run more securely and efficiently enabling a better experience when dealing with virtual systems.

    AMD Cool'n'Quiet™ 2.0 Technology

  • Enhanced power management features which automatically and instantaneously adjusts performance states and features based on processor performance requirements
  • For quieter operation and reduced power requirements
  • Benefit: Enables platform designs providing less heat and noise efficient performance and energy usage.

    AMD CoolCore™ Technology

  • Reduces processor energy consumption by turning off unused parts of the processor. For example, the memory controller can turn off the write logic when reading from memory, helping reduce system power.
  • Works automatically without the need for drivers or BIOS enablement.
  • Power can be switched on or off within a single clock cycle, saving energy without compromised performance.
  • Benefit: Helps users get more efficient performance by dynamically activating or turning off parts of the processor.

    Dual Dynamic Power Management™

  • Enables more granular power management capabilities to reduce processor energy consumption.
  • Separate power planes for cores and memory controller, for optimum power consumption and performance, creating more opportunities for power savings within the cores and memory controller.
  • Benefit: Helps improve platform efficiency by providing on demand memory performance while still allowing for decreased system power consumption.





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