Need a CPU and want the best bang for your buck? Today, we are taking a look at the 3700+ San Diego core AMD64. It rolls in at a 2.2GHz stock speed and is also equipped with 1MB L2 Cache. The chip costs around $275US, but does does it give enough extra performance to warrent the extra money over a Venice core?
There you have it! I know its not a record setting OC but reaching FX-55 speeds with a $275 USD chip is nothing to be upset with. I am certain that there is more in this chip but that is for another time. Now, onto the tests…….
AMD 64 3700+ S939 San Diego @ 2.2GHz
Antec True Power 450W
Crucial Ballistix PC4000 1GB (512 x 2)
WD Raptor 10K RPM 74GB
Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS
eVGA 7800GT PCI-E 256MB
Windows XP Professional with SP2
I will be using a few different programs to test the CPU today. Aquamark3 is a personal favorite of mine. I have been a part of the AQM3 community for quite some time and this DirectX 9.0 bench has proven to be a formidable opponent to anyone trying to press their CPU. PCMark ’04 is a decent program to gauge the strength of your system. This taxes the CPU, the RAM as well as the video card.
Super Pi is a program that calculates the numbers of Pi. I chose to run it to the 1 millionth decimal point. SiSoft Sandra is another decent program that allows you to bench your CPU. On to the results!