While we’re still hot with our CPU survey, I’d like to direct everyone to this nifty CPU Comparison Chart for 2007 over at Tom’s Hardware.
Tom’s Hardware tested over 90 Intel and AMD desktop processors under 35 different benchmarks on a Windows Vista machine. All the data were compiled and presented in a dynamic chart as shown below:
I selected 3 of the desktop CPUs I currently have at home — a Sempron 3200+ 1.8GHz, AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ 2.3GHz and the new Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz and pit them against crowd favorite Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz.
Accoridng to the Tom’s Hardware Chart, running AVG anti-virus on these 4 CPUs takes between 63 seconds to 154 seconds, the E8400 being the fastest.
Running a filter on a 69MB TIF file on Photoshop CS3 took the E8400 100 secs, followed by the Q6600 at 122 secs.
The same results showed up on Premiere Pro 2.0 when converting an MPEG2 file to WMV9.
The last test here is for encoding MP3 files using Lame. The E8400 still tops the charts over the rest. This should be obvious since the E8400 has the fastest clock speed among the four.
Had I saw this chart much earlier, I would have gone with an Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 or even the pricier E8500. Running the charts for an AMD Phenom and the Intel Core 2 Quad should also be interesting.
Check it out at Tom’s Hardware. Should be very helpful on your next CPU upgrade.