Introducing the New Phenom II 980 BE vs. Core i7-920 – value meets performance again

Test Configuration

Test Configuration – Intel Hardware

  • Intel Core i7 920 reference 2.66 GHz, overclocked to 3.7 GHz; Turbo and HyperThreading are off.
  • Gigabyte GA-MA790X-UD4P (latest BIOS, PCIe 2.0 specification; CrossFire 16x+16x).
  • 6 GB OCZ DDR3 PC 1800 Kingston RAM (3×2 GB, tri-channel at PC 1600 speeds; 2×2 GB supplied by Kingston)
  • GeForce GTX 590, 3.0 GB reference design and clocks, supplied by Nvidia
  • Onboard Realtek Audio
  • 500 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 hard drives
  • Thermaltake ToughPower 775 W power supply unit supplied by Thermaltake
  • Thermaltake Element G Case supplied by Thermaltake
  • Noctua NH-U12P SE2 CPU cooler, supplied by Noctua
  • Philips DVD SATA writer
  • HP LP3065 2560×1600 thirty inch LCD.  Three ASUS 23-inch 1920×1080 120Hz LCDs supplied by ASUS/Nvidia.

Test Configuration – AMD Hardware

  • Phenom II 980 Black Edition X2; reference 3.7GHz and also overclocked to 4.3GHz, supplied by AMD
  • Phenom II 955 X4 Black Edition; reference 3.2GHz, overclocked to 3.7 GHz
  • ECS A-A890 GXM-A, supplied by ECS (latest BIOS, PCIe 2.0 specification; CrossFire 8x+8x)
  • 2×2 GB Kingston DDR3, supplied by Kingston (dual-channel at PC 1600 speeds)
  • GeForce GTX 590, 3.0 GB reference design and clocks, supplied by Nvidia
  • Onboard Realtek Audio
  • 250 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 hard drive
  • Thermaltake ToughPower 775 W power supply unit supplied by Thermaltake
  • Cooler Master Element G Case supplied by Thermaltake
  • ThermalRight UltraExtreme CPU cooler
  • Philips DVD SATA writer
  • HP LP3065 2560×1600 thirty inch LCD.  3 x ASUS VG236A 23′ 1920×1080 120Hz LCDs supplied by ASUS/Nvidia.

Test Configuration – Software

  • NVIDIA GeForce 270.61 WHQL drivers; High Quality
  • Windows 7 64-bit; very latest updates
  • DirectX November 2010
  • All games are patched to their latest versions.
  • vsync is forced off in the control panel.
  • 4x or 8xAA enabled as noted in games and “forced” in the control panel in UT3; all in-game settings are specified with 16xAF always applied; 16xAF forced in control panel for Crysis.
  • All results show average, minimum and maximum frame rates except as noted.
  • Highest quality sound (stereo) used in all games.
  • Windows 7 64, all DX10 titles were run under DX10 render paths; DX11 titles under DX11 render paths.

The Benchmarks

  • Vantage
  • F.E.A.R.
  • X3:Terran Conflict
  • Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
  • Wolfenstein
  • Unreal Tournament 3
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum
  • Borderlands
  • Call of Duty 4
  • Left4Dead
  • Grand Theft Auto IV
  • Serious Sam, Second Encounter HD (2010)
  • Mafia II
  • Call of Juarez
  • Lost Planet
  • Crysis
  • Far Cry 2
  • Just Cause 2
  • World-in-Conflict
  • H.A.W.X.
  • Resident Evil 5
  • BattleForge
  • Alien vs. Predator
  • Dirt 2
  • STALKER, Call of Pripyat
  • Metro 2033
  • F1 2010
  • H.A.W.X. 2
  • Lost Planet 2
  • Civilization V
  • Heaven 2.5

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apoppin

Founder and Senior Editor of ABT.

  • Bo_Fox

    Great review, appreciate it!

    I mean, you guys better appreciate it! (Play with words, huh?) :P

  • Zone Androi

    Great post. That’s whole a lot of information here . Thank you :)