Test System Specs & 3Dmark Vantage

Core i7 Test System Specs
- Intel Core i7 965 Extreme Edition (LGA1366)
- Intel Core i7 940 (LGA1366)
- Intel Core i7 920 (LGA1366)
- x3 1GB DDR3-1066 Samsung (CAS 7-7-7-20)
- Intel DX58SO (Intel X58) Pre-Production
- OCZ GameXStream (700 watt)
- Seagate 500GB 7200-RPM (Serial ATA300)
- ASUS GeForce GTX 280 (1GB)
Software
- Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 (64-bit)
- Nvidia Forceware 182.50

Core 2 Test System Specs
- Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 (LGA775)
- Intel Core 2 Duo E8600 (LGA775)
- Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 (LGA775)

- x2 Kingston HyperX 2GB DDR3-1333 (CAS 7-7-7-20)
- ASUS Rampage Extreme (Intel X48)
- OCZ GameXStream (700 watt)
- Seagate 500GB 7200-RPM (Serial ATA300)
- ASUS GeForce GTX 280 (1GB)
Software
- Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 (64-bit)
- Nvidia Forceware 182.50

Phenom Test System Specs
- AMD Phenom II X4 955 (AM3)
- AMD Phenom II X4 940 (AM2+)
- AMD Phenom II X4 920 (AM2+)
- AMD Phenom X4 9950 (AM2+)

- x2 Kingston HyperX 2GB DDR2-1066 (CAS 5-5-5-15)
- ASUS M3A79-T Deluxe (AMD 790FX)
- ASUS M4A79 Deluxe (AMD 790FX)
- OCZ GameXStream (700 watt)
- Seagate 500GB 7200-RPM (Serial ATA300)
- ASUS GeForce GTX 280 (1GB)
Software
- Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 (64-bit)
- Nvidia Forceware 182.50

The new AMD Phenom II X4 955 fairs very well in 3Dmark Vantage when paired with either DDR2 or DDR3 memory, though the DDR3-1333 configuration was faster, delivering 9% more performance when compared to the Phenom II X4 940.

This also put this new AMD processor ahead of the Core 2 Quad Q9650, though only by a 4% margin. Perhaps more impressive was seeing the Phenom II X4 955 running at a mere 3% slower than the Core 2 Core i7 920 in this test.