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First INQpressions Athlon 4800+ vs FX57 vs FX62
Wed Nov 22 2006, 09:14
WE decided to test a single core CPU, and two dual core CPUs to see what you get for your money. We performed a massive test with two separate graphic cards and two different test setups.

We figured out that many people would like to know the difference between these CPUs and whether it's worth it to go from a single core to dual core and from a single core FX to a multi core one.

Yeah, we realise that not everyone has a Gainward BLISS 7950 GX2 so we decided to give it a try in the $130 $150 range with an Albatron 7600 GT.

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Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe NVIDIA nForce 5 590 SLI motherboard

Let me tell you a few things about the tested CPUs. A single core FX57 was the fastest in the test. It is based on a 2800MHz clocked San Diego socket 939 core. It is a 90 nanometre CPU that works at 1.4V. It has 1MB of cache memory. In our case HTT worked at 200.9MHz but we got it up to 2812.9MHz.

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The Athlon FX57

The second on test was the first dual core to come. It is branded as Athlon 64 X2 4800+. It has two cores each powered with 1 MB cache memory and works at socket 939 motherboards. You need 1.3 V to power this dual core CPU and it is based on Toledo core. It works at 2400 MHz with HT 200 times 12 multiplier. In Asus A8N32 SLI board it worked at 2411.00 MHz.


The Athlon 64 4800+

The last to be tested was the FX62, the first to use socket AM2. Athlon FX 62 is clocked at 2800 MHz and has a 14 multiplier. It is also build at 90 nanometre process and uses Windsor core. Just as the FX57, this CPU got the frequency from HTT 200 MHz and multipliler 14. We tested this CPU on Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe NVIDIA nForce 5 590 SLI motherboard.
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The Athlon 64 4800+

We ran a bunch of gaming and CPU tests to see how big the difference is between the CPUs. We also picked up the fastest memory that we had in the lab at test time. We used 2x1024 MB DDR Corsair XMS-3500LL PRO memory for DDR one socket 939 machine and 2x1024 MB DDR2 Corsair CM2X1024-6400C3 memory for socket AM2 DDR 2 machine.
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Corsair XMS-3500LL PRO 2x1024 MB DDR memory

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Corsair CM2X1024-6400C3 2x1024 MB DDR memory

Benchmarketing
We used :
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe Nforce 4 SLI X16 motherboard
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe NVIDIA nForce 5 590 SLI motherboard
Athlon 64 X2 4800+ 2400 MHz 90 nanometre Toledo core
Athlon 64 FX 57 2800 MHz 90 nanometre San Diego core
Athlon 64 FX 62 2800 MHz 90 nanometre Windsor core
2x1024 MB DDR Corsair XMS-3500LL PRO memory
2x1024 MB DDR2 Corsair CM2X1024-6400C3 memory
Albatron 7600GT 560-1400 MHz
Leadtek WinFast PX7950GX2 TDH 500/600 MHz
Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 400GB SATA NCQ hard drive
Akasa AK913 EVO 33 Athlon 64 cooler
Stock Athlon 64 cooler
Silverstone Strider ST60F, 600W ATX 2.0 SATA

Composite Figures 3Dmark 03
3DMark 03
Game2
Game3
Game3
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Albatron 7600GT
13281
96.6
82.4
82.7
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Albatron 7600GT
13409
96.9
83.8
83.1
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Albatron 7600GT
13811
97.4
84.8
84.3
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
28767
252.7
206.8
178.2
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
28774
251.0
208.9
177.2
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
29993
261.2
212.1
181.5
? ? ? ? ?
CPU Test
CPU Score ?
CPU Test 1 ?
CPU Test 2
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Albatron 7600GT
1247
139.9
22.0
30.8
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Albatron 7600GT
1261
149.2
20.9
30.8
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Albatron 7600GT
1545
167.7
28.2
?
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
1153
127.7
20.6
?
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
1181
137.5
20.0
30.8
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
1427
156.2
25.8
64.8
? ? ? ? ?
Composite Figures 3Dmark 03
Single Texturinng
Multi Textur.
Vertex Shader
Pixel Shader 2.0
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Albatron 7600GT
2392.7
6396.5
37.1
276.9
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Albatron 7600GT
2392.4
6397.2
37.8
284.4
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Albatron 7600GT
2393.4
6397.2
38.8
286.3
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
8194.6
22437.8
88.0
403.3
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
8196.6
22439.6
87.2
406.3
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
8194.9
22440.6
88.5
408.4
? ? ? ? ?
Composite Figures 3Dmark 05
3DMark 05
Game1
Game2
Game2
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Albatron 7600GT
5931
25.7
18.1
28.7
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Albatron 7600GT
5984
26.0
18.3
28.9
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Albatron 7600GT
6095
26.9
???15.5
29.1
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
12139
44.4
35.6
72.3
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
12372
46.4
36.0
72.6
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
13668
52.8
42.0
73.6
? ? ? ? ?
CPU Test
CPU Score ?
CPU Test 1 ?
CPU Test 2
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Albatron 7600GT
6000
2.7
6.0
30.8
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Albatron 7600GT
5933
2.9
5.5
30.8
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Albatron 7600GT
7477
3.2
7.8
64.8
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
5682
2.5
5.8
?
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
5559
2.5
5.4
?
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
7350
3.3
7.2
?
? ? ? ? ?
Composite Figures 3Dmark 05
Single Texturinng
Multi Textur.
Pixel Shader

VS/VS
complex

Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Albatron 7600GT
2828.3
6627.1
184.2
51.5/37.7
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Albatron 7600GT
2829.4
6650.2
184.2
51.5/37.6
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Albatron 7600GT
2829.1
6633.2
184.2
51.5/37.7
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
9407.6
22762.7
636.5
129.4/95.1
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
9406.7
22735.3
639.6
129.4/95.1
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
9441.0
22749.9
637.5
129.5/94.8
? ? ? ? ?
Composite Figures 3Dmark 06
3DMark 06
? ?
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Albatron 7600GT
3302
? ? ?
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Albatron 7600GT
3077
? ?
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Albatron 7600GT
3355
? ?
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
7638
? ? ?
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
6558
? ? ?
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
8048
? ? ?
? ? ? ? ?
SM2.0 Test
Score
GT1
GT2


Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Albatron 7600GT
1318
10.537
11.232
?
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Albatron 7600GT
1319
10.756
11.234
30.8
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Albatron 7600GT
1322
10.800
11.234
64.8
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
3529
28.471
30.351
?
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
3522
28.506
30.187
?
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
3639
29.067
31.589
?
? ? ? ? ?
HDR/SM3.0 Test
Score
HDR1
HDR2


Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Albatron 7600GT
1195
10.537
13.370
?
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Albatron 7600GT
1193
10.500
13.365
30.8
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Albatron 7600GT
1199
10.584
13.405
64.8
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
3439
30.667
38.119
?
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
3444
30.716
38.166
?
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
3476
30.985
38.545
?
? ? ? ? ?
CPU Test
Score
CPU1
CPU2


Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Albatron 7600GT
1855
0.585
0.941
?
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Albatron 7600GT
1105
0.347
0.562
30.8
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Albatron 7600GT
2114
0.668
1.070
64.8
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
1801
0.580
0.895
?
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
1094
0.344
0.556
?
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
2091
0.669
1.045
?
? ? ? ? ?

PC Mark 2005

CPU
Memory
HDD
Total
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Albatron 7600GT
4904
3957
5517
5290
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Albatron 7600GT
4072
4306
5534
4446
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Albatron 7600GT
5714
5606
5418
5961
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
4894
3912
5560
5563
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
4033
4282
5527
4603
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
5689
5342
5260
6323
? ? ? ? ?

PC Mark 2004

CPU
Memory
HDD
Total
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Albatron 7600GT
6961
4852
5093
6730
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Albatron 7600GT
5285
5224
5123
5318
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Albatron 7600GT
7748
6998
4754
0
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
6718
4823
0
6702
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
5215
5184
5125
5309
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
7749
6909
0
0
? ? ? ? ?
Sandra 2007
CPU
Memory
Multimedia
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Albatron 7600GT
17504/14776
5036/5038
45408/49439
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Albatron 7600GT
10200/8615
5023/5023
26492/28745
?
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Albatron 7600GT
20414/17225
8573/8526
52939/57639
?
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
17459/14760
5184/5206
45386/49259
?
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
10132/8554
4960/4960
26312/28557
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
20379/17195
8593/8546
52936/57458
? ? ? ? ?
Sandra 2005
CPU
Memory
Multimedia
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Albatron 7600GT
21685/9834
4765/4762
45438/49188
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Albatron 7600GT
12626/5743
4932/4927
26597/28602
?
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Albatron 7600GT
25282/11452
7163/7092
53036/57895
?
? ? ? ? ?
Cinebench 9.5
Rendering 1 CPU
Rendering 2 CPUs
C4D Shadring
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Albatron 7600GT
1:02
0:33
386
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX 57, Albatron 7600GT
0:54
0
449
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX 62, Albatron 7600GT
0:53
0:28
455
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
01:02
0:33
386
?
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
0:54
0
445
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
0:53
0:28
451
? ? ? ? ?
Cinebench 9.5
OpenGL SW-L
OpenGL HW-L
OpenGL speedup
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Albatron 7600GT
1698
3963
10.45 times
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Albatron 7600GT
1976
5237
11.66 times
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX 62, Albatron 7600GT
1986
4677
10.28 times
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
1689
2935
7.68 times
?
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
1942
4842
10.88 times
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
1956
3469
7.66 times
? ? ? ? ?
Sciencemark 2.0
Molecular
Primordia
Cryptography
Stream
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Albatron 7600GT
1204.60
1162.69
1214.39
1270.96
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX 57, Albatron 7600GT
1200.85
1033.19
1332.05
1298.78
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX 62, Albatron 7600GT
1433.27
1354.77
1429.69
2237.25
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
1203.15
1161.91
1213.17
1271.54
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
1170.28
1013.09
1323.95
1298.39
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
1416.50
1444.56
1421.60
2083.30
? ? ? ? ?
Sciencemark 2.0
Memory bandwidth
Memory
Blas / flops
Total
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Albatron 7600GT
4359.99 MB/s
1365.21
1252.47
1230.43
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX 57, Albatron 7600GT
4461.85 MB/s
1477.54
1415.01
1273.85
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX 62, Albatron 7600GT
7767.34 MB/s
2237.25
1499.15
1561.15
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
4354.23 MB/s
1364.92
1255.24
1230.34
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
4448.72 MB/s
1466.32
1401.07
1258.15
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
7743.93 MB/s
1942.64
1494.90
1558.11
? ? ? ? ?
Audio Encoding WAV 700MB to MP3
encode min:sec
? ? ?
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Albatron 7600GT
02:05
? ? ?
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX 57, Albatron 7600GT
01:43
? ? ?
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX 62, Albatron 7600GT
01:41
? ? ?
? ? ? ? ?
Video Encoding VOB to AVI
encode min:sec
? ? ?
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Albatron 7600GT
38:42
? ? ?
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX 57, Albatron 7600GT
33:40
? ? ?
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX 62, Albatron 7600GT
32:42
? ? ?
? ? ? ? ?
Doom 3
1024x768
1280x1024
1600x1200
2048x1536
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Albatron 7600GT
103.4
89.7
71.7
48.8
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Albatron 7600GT
103.8
91.4
73.9
49.5
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Albatron 7600GT
122.3
98.5
75.0
49.8
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
105.9
105.1
104.9
102.1
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
103.1
102.6
101.9
99.1
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
128.5
127.5
126.7
116.6
? ? ? ? ?
Doom 3 High Quality FSAA 4X + Aniso 8X
1024x768
1280x1024
1600x1200
2048x1536
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Albatron 7600GT
71.2
48.2
35.5
18.0
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Albatron 7600GT
72.6
48.3
35.5
18.8
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Albatron 7600GT
74.1
49.1
35.9
18.1
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
105.1
102.0
95.1
70.5
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
101.8
99.6
92.8
70.1
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
128.1
120.7
103.5
71.1
? ? ? ? ?
Far Cry High Quality FSAA 4X + Aniso 8X
1024x768
1280x1024
1600x1200
2048x1536
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Albatron 7600GT
79.15
55.44
39.20
22.75
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Albatron 7600GT
81.05
55.53
39.41
22.79
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Albatron 7600GT
82.31
55.68
39.44
22.94
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
81.66
80.56
81.34
74.83
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
83.16
81.71
82.46
74.96
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
97.03
96.81
95.76
76.51
? ? ? ? ?
Half Life 2
1024x768
1280x1024
1600x1200
2048x1536
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Albatron 7600GT
63.14
62.57
60.15
52.35
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Albatron 7600GT
71.64
69.69
64.16
52.77
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Albatron 7600GT
73.66
71.39
65.67
53.06
? ? ? ? ?
Half Life 2 High Quality FSAA 4X + Aniso 8X
1024x768
1280x1024
1600x1200
2048x1536
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Albatron 7600GT
71.05
59.20
48.68
29.96
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Albatron 7600GT
71.38
59.20
48.43
29.88
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Albatron 7600GT
73.30
59.68
48.85
30.00
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
68.38
64.22
62.13
57.39
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
77.99
69.35
66.38
58.24
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
82.17
71.91
66.74
59.11
? ? ? ? ?
Quake 4
1024x768
1280x1024
1600x1200
2048x1536
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Albatron 7600GT
135.1
122.2
100.2
69.7
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Albatron 7600GT
142.1
127.8
103.2
70.9
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Albatron 7600GT
162.0
135.5
105.5
71.5
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
136.8
136.4
134.1
128.8
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
138.1
137.6
135.8
129.3
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
168.7
166.6
163.5
150.0
? ? ? ? ?
Quake 4 High Quality FSAA 4X + Aniso 8X
1024x768
1280x1024
1600x1200
2048x1536
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Albatron 7600GT
111.7
82.7
62.4
32.0
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Albatron 7600GT
116.0
83.8
63.4
32.2
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Albatron 7600GT
122.7
85.3
64.0
32.3
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
136.7
130.3
123.6
109.3
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
137.7
131.4
124.9
109.3
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
162.9
155.8
145.6
118.9
? ? ? ? ?
FEAR
1024x768
1280x960
1600x1200
2048x1536
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Albatron 7600GT
78
57
41
27
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Albatron 7600GT
79
58
41
27
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Albatron 7600GT
80
59
41
27
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
112
104
96
73
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
120
112
101
75
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
138
128
108
78
? ? ? ? ?
FEAR High Quality FSAA 4X + Aniso 16X
1024x768
1280x960
1600x1200
2048x1536
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Albatron 7600GT
45
32
22
13
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Albatron 7600GT
46
32
22
13
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Albatron 7600GT
46
32
23
13
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
101
91
68
47
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
109
94
70
46
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
122
98
69
45
? ? ? ? ?
Battlefield 2
1024x768
1280x1024
1600x1200
2048x1536
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Albatron 7600GT
72.28
52.86
39.48
23.84
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Albatron 7600GT
96.77
78.24
61.93
44.41
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Albatron 7600GT
99.69
78.63
62.58
44.74
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
93.64
92.57
90.62
77.89
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
94.49
92.77
92.76
79.45
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
113.69
112.67
112.76
107.11
? ? ? ? ?
Battlefield 2 High Quality FSAA 4X + Aniso 8X
1024x768
1280x1024
1600x1200
2048x1536
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Albatron 7600GT
66.62
49.25
36.56
22.16
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Albatron 7600GT
67.83
50.75
37.38
23.28
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Albatron 7600GT
68.35
50.58
37.81
23.38
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
93.29
92.19
90.23
76.31
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
93.37
92.21
91.38
76.45
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
113.29
110.78
101.15
79.01
? ? ? ? ?
Serious Sam 2
1024x768
1280x1024
1600x1200
2048x1536
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Albatron 7600GT
120.4
92.3
65.4
44.8
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Albatron 7600GT
122.6
92.6
65.3
44.8
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Albatron 7600GT
120.0
92.9
66.0
45.5
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
135.3
133.7
131.2
123.4
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
128.4
126.4
124.5
121.2
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
154.2
151.8
150.5
127.7
? ? ? ? ?
Serious Sam 2 High Quality FSAA 4X + Aniso 16X
1024x768
1280x1024
1600x1200
2048x1536
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Albatron 7600GT
79.8
58.1
40.8
25.3
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Albatron 7600GT
79.9
58.1
40.8
25.2
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Albatron 7600GT
83.2
60.3
42.4
26.7
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - 4800+, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
134.3
128.6
116.3
86.7
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - FX57, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
126.8
122.9
115.7
87.4
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe - FX62, Gainward BLISS 7950GX2
153.2
141.4
123.0
91.0

We started with 3Dmark03 and you can see that this test like the CPU frequency. Dual core at two times 2.4 GHz is the slowest and scores some 130 marks less than FX57 clocked at 2..8 GHz. The frequency beat the dual core at least in this test. AM2 based FX62 clocked at 2.8 GHz leads with 400 points difference. In this case, dual core counts. But if you compare these two CPUs clocked at the same frequency, you will see that there in only three per cent difference.

Then we ran the same test with Geforce 7950 GX2 graphic card. You get more than double performance increase and 2.4 GHz clocked 4800+ scores 15500 faster than the same CPU with 7600 GT. This is a huge jump with just a graphic card upgrade. It is interesting that FX57 and 4800+ scores almost the same and FX57 is 15300 marks faster with GX2 card. AM2 based FX62 scores 14200 marks more with 7950 GX2 card and if we compared the frames in Game 2 you clearly see that this card runs 150 FPS faster than the 7600 GT and is 160 per cent faster. That is something. Dual core FX62 is 1200 marks faster than FX57. We are talking about four per cent difference.

It is interesting to note that the GX2 is slower in the CPU test as this dual core card needs more CPU power but this didn't affect the games. Athlon FX57 is 50 marks faster in 3Dmark05 from 4800+ while the AM2 DDR 2 based FX62 only 100 marks faster. The CPU didn't change the score much again the biggest difference is three percent.

The Gainward 7950 GX2 is twice as fast as a 7600 GT card. FX57 is again slightly faster than 4800+ but for just 200 marks. Dual core FX62 1500 marks difference. This time we are talking about twelve FPS difference when you upgrade from the slowest 4800+ to FX62, a first noticeable difference.

The games runs almost ninety percent fastest on a GX2 based card. Composite figures are very tight as they are graphic dependent.

3Dmark06 know some dual core optimisations. Athlon FX57 is for the first time the slowest CPU. It loses by 220 from the dual core 4800+. Interestingly enough even much faster dual core DDR 2 AM2 king, FX62 scores only 50 points more. The fastest FX62 is only one and a half per cent faster than the slowest FX57. The difference gets bigger with the GX2 card. The GX2 scores 140 per cent better score than a 7600 GT. Your score jumps by more than 100 per cent, a hundred and forty to be precise.

The shader model 2.0 test doesn't benefit at all from the CPU upgrade and scores almost identical at all CPUs and same goes for Shader model 3.0/HDR test. Only the CPU test gains a bit but it's nothing to get excited about.

We moved to a PCmark05 to see if the complete system benefits from a new graphic card or a new CPU. The CPU test likes dual core 4800+ who scores 800 marks faster than FX57 while FX62 ends up 800 marks faster than the second placed. In memory testing obviously FX62 and its super fast DDR2 memory wins over the competition by 1600 MB/s difference. FX 57 the fastest from two 939 CPU's scores nine percent more with faster single core CPU. Hard drive scores almost the same at all CPU's while the FX57 is the slowest in overall score and loses from 4800+ by 600 marks and 1500 from the FX62.

The same ratio remains at machines powered by Gainward 7950 GX2 card. PC mark04 the good old one showed the same picture and ratio with an exception that we could not get the final score at FX62 with both cards.

We tested two Sandra tests and lets start with latest one. Sandra 2007 really likes dual core and 4800+ leaves FX57 in dust as it runs some seventy five percent faster. FX 62 a dual core variation of FX57 single core scores twice as much but unfortunately only in theory and maybe rendering. Memory score dominates at AM2 where Corsair scores 8590 some seventy three percent faster than the single core DDR one based FX57. Multimedia also dominates on dual cores.

Sandra 2005 shows the similar picture. AM2 based DDR 2 machine runs almost twice faster in CPU and multimedia score than a single core FX57. The FX57 loses massively on CPU and multimedia test but wins at memory benchmarks at least versus 4800+.

Cinebench is a nice rendering test and can use one or two CPU's. When it comes to a single core rendering FX57 and FX62 are almost identical with a single second difference, the graphic card doesn't matter here. 4800+ is the slowest but it beats FX57 in dual core testing as the second scores zero, as it has a single core only. It can do the same job in 33 seconds while FX57 needs 54 for the same job. FX62 is the fastest. C4D Shading is fastest on FX62 but only by a few point and FX57 performing almost the same. 4800+ falls behind. OpenGL SW-L is slowest on 4800+ and fastest at FX62. OpenGL HW-L is fastest at FX57 then comes a dual core FX62 at 2800 MHz and last is 4800+ at 2400 MHz. 7950GX2 is drascicaly slower in this test than the 7600 GT. And FX57 both time wins in OpenGL speed up test.

Science mark is really tight at FX57 vs 4800+ with a slight advantage at a single core, faster clocked FX57. FX62 still holds the crown in this test and in some tests such as stream it is almost twice faser than the DDR one based 4800+ and FX57. The science likes a higher memory bandwidth at high frequency dual cores.

Athlon FX57 is faster than 4800+ in audio encoding and does the same job almost 20 seconds faster. Dual core CPU is just two seconds faster than the same clocked single core FX57. I guess we need a codec that can take an advantage of dual core.

Even our Video codec chose the frequency over the dual core. FX57 wins versus 4800+ by some five minutes and FX62 with dual cores clocked at the same FX 57 frequency is only one minute faster.

And now lets see what we gain in games with a different CPU or graphic card. Doom 3 really likes FX62 and scores 20 frames faster at CPU limited 10x7 resolution. The same CPU scores more than twice as much with a7950 GX2 card. 7950 GX2 card also benefits from a faster CPU and can push some 20+ FPS more or some twenty five percent.

Doom 3 with FSAA and Aniso is graphically limited and the different CPU wont affect the score with Albatron 7600 GT. But Geforce 7950 GX2 really benefits from a new CPU. You can gain 20+ frames or twenty five per cent faster score with a faster CPU.

Far Cry 4X FSAA and 8X Aniso is graphically limited with 7600 GT but scores fifteen frames or more on average, and this is what you get with CPU upgrade. We are talking about twenty percent performance increase with a new faster CPU.

Half Life 2 with 7600 GT gains up to ten FPS with first lowest resolutions but not at two highest. FX57 and FX62 scores almost the same at all resolutions.

Half Life 2 4X FSAA and 8X Aniso is graphic card bounded with 7600 GT. The difference again comes with a fastest card but again only at first two resolutions.

Quake 4 even with 7600 GT gains in a huge frame difference from a 4800+ to FX62. It runs 25 FPS at 10x7 faster and thirteen at 12x10 but almost nothing at two top resolutions, again a twenty percent difference.

In Quake 4 4X FSAA and Aniso 8X, Geforce 7950 GX2 gains as well some twenty percent increase but this time at every resolutions. FEAR with 7600 GT doesn't show any difference on a different CPUs. Gainward 7950 GX2 scores 21 FPS, more than twenty per cent at the two lowest resolutions and almost nothing at higher ones, it even loses by a frame to the much cheaper 4800+.

Fear with 4X FSAA and 16X Aniso shows the same picture. The score is identical at 7600 GT at all CPU's and machines. 7950 GX gains some 20+ per cent at first resolution and less than eight per cent at 12x10. There is no benefit at all at higher resolutions.

Battlefield 2 really likes the fast CPU's but it doesn't care much about dual core. FX57 is almost always identical to FX62 performance and up to eighty six per cent faster than the 4800+. Now this is a huge difference. 7950 GX2 shows a different picture. Now FX57 is just slightly faster than 4800+ while the FX62 is dominant and on average twenty percent faster. At 20x15 FX62 is thirty seven percent faster than both FX57 and 4800+.

Battlefield 2 4X FSAA and 8X Aniso likes the performance but not with the 7600 GT card. With 7950 GX2 there is twenty frames, twenty per cent as well difference at 10x7 and 12x10, twelve per cent at 16x12 and only three FPS or three and a half per cent.

Serious Sam 2 with 7600 GT is always graphic limited and gives almost the same scores at all resolutions. Well, the 7950 GX2 doesn't. At 10x7, 12x10 and 16x12 7950 GX2 again gains twenty percent from a faster core. At 20x15 the FX62 is only five per cent faster.

Serious Sam 2 FSAA 4X and Aniso 16X is just slightly faster on FX62. We are again talking about less then four percent, closer to three. At first resolution 7950 GX2 scores twenty percent faster, at second it is fifteen percent faster, six percent at 16x12 and five percent at 20x15.

In Short
Synthetic tests really like the dual core and if you have the right codec you can encode the music and video much faster. It will also render faster but it won't be significantly faster in games and some other applications. Multitasking works fine at FX57 but it suppose to run better on a dual core 4800+ or FX62, I could not notice that.

In gaming there is a performance increase with fastest graphic cards. If you have a mainstream card such as 7600 GT you won't gain much from a faster CPU.

More CPU power you have the faster the card will be. This certainly applies to Geforce 7950 GX2 or faster cards. In most cases single core matches dual core performance but in games it can be up to twenty percent difference. Maybe at some super doper multi tasking or mega tasking what ATI preaches for its 4x4 platformance dual core counts more than a single one, but these scenarios are for people who play two instances of games as a single core can handle team speak, Skype and a game, even couple words, mail client and an Adobe reader, I tried it today and it worked great as long as you have enough memory.

Price difference still dictates that single cores are good things and are here to stay especially if you are the on who has the overclocked 3000+ to 4800+ speeds. The real 4800+ costs around $ / € 300 at press time and is a good choice. It also comes for the similar price at socket AM2.

Both FX57 is an old news but it should be available on Ebay for around €500 or less. The Athlon FX62 costs around $ € 700 at press time and it is the fastest but the most expensive.

Dual core is anyway a safer way to go and it is the way to go, whether you like it or you like it not. ?

Reviewed and tested by Sanjin Rados and Fuad Abazovic

 

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