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First, letís take a look at how these new triple-core processors fair in the latest installment of the 3Dmark benchmark from Futuremark. 3Dmark Vantage has been used to measure both the CPU and GPU performance of each configuration. Keep in mind all configurations feature the same GeForce 9800 GX2 graphics card.
There was an insignificant 4% difference between the lowest and highest GPU score in 3Dmark Vantage. The Athlon64 X2 5200+ produced the lowest score of 8462pts, while the only other dual-core processor, the Core 2 Duo E8400, managed the highest score reaching 8814pts. It was interesting to see that the Phenom X3 8750 which is a 2.4GHz triple core processor, was slower than the 2.3GHz Phenom X4 9560. That said, it was also interesting to learn that both the Phenom X3 8750 and 8650 processors scored better than the Core 2 Quad Q6600 in this test.
The CPU performance results were a lot different and varied significantly depending on the processor. While the triple core Phenom X3 processors were a big step up from the Athlon64 X2 in terms of scores, they were still much slower than the Core 2 Duo E8400.
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