AMD Phenom 9850 X4 Black Edition CPU Review :: Test System and Software

03-30-2008 · Category: Hardware - Processors

By Ben Sun

The test setup was a bit interesting in that the first motherboard we tried failed out of the box, a MSI K9A motherboard we bought out of MWave, which is a Phenom certified board, what a pain that was. The tests used here are the same as the last CPU review, the E8500. Note that due to the motherboard being different there is some small difference in the test platforms between the two.

Test System

  • AMD Phenom X4 Black Edition 9850 running@ 2.5GHz
  • 2GB Crucial Ballistix DDR2 memory
  • GIGABYTE GA-MA790FX-DS5 motherboard running F4 BIOS
  • 2 74GB WD Raptor 10K RPM SATA HDDs in RAID 0
  • Windows Vista Business
  • EVGA 8800GTS 320MB SSC running 169.25 Forceware


  • Sysmark 2007 Preview Patch 2
  • 3DMark05/06 1280x1024 resolution
  • Pifast
  • CPUBench
  • Sisoft Sandra XI Processor Multimedia benchmark
  • Crystalmark 2004
  • PCMark05
  • SpecViewPerf 10
  • Aquamark 3