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Benchmarks: CINEBENCH, WinRAR

The CINEBENCH R10 processor performance was improved by 16% when overclocking the Phenom II X4 940 to 3.60GHz, which is a reasonable increase. This meant that the Phenom II X4 940 was only 8% slower than the Core i7 920 and held a commanding lead over a standard clocked Core 2 Quad Q9650.

The Phenom II X4 processors are not particularly impressive in the GPU test included in the CINEBENCH R10 benchmark, so the 13% performance boost when overclocking the 940 processor to 3.60GHz was still welcomed. Overclock or no overclock, the Phenom II was 10%+ slower than the Core 2 Quad Q9650.

The WinRAR gains are tiny when overclocking the Phenom II X4 940, though thankfully the performance at 3.0GHz is good anyway. Even before the overclock, the Phenom II was faster than the Core 2 Quad Q9650 by a large margin.