Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (Socket AM2)
Posted on: 05/23/2006 05:00 AM

SiSoft Sandra 2007
SiSoftware, founded in 1995, is one of the leading providers of computer analysis, diagnostic and benchmarking software. The flagship product, known as "SANDRA", was launched in 1997 and has become one of the most widely used products in its field. SANDRA is used by almost 500 world-wide IT publications, magazines, review sites to analyse the performance of todayís computers. Over 5,000 on-line reviews of computer hardware that use SANDRA are cataloged on the companyís website alone.
Anyone who has read any of my past reviews knows that Sandra and I have a love/hate relationship. On one hand, Sandra paints a nice overall picture of system performance based on its synthetic tests. On the other hand, those numbers don't always portray an accurate real world experience. Nevertheless, it is an "industry standard", and a quick, easy way to see how your own machine measures-up to the ones I'm talking about today.

The Athlon 64's slight clockspeed advantage gives it a little edge in Sandra's synthetic CPU tests. That's to be expected. What I didn't expect was how close the memory bandwidth is between the DDR Opteron and DDR2 Athlon 64 systems. Are we seeing the limits of the K8's ability to use memory regardless of actual memory "speed"?

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