The real test: Application performance
Now for the real test: actual applications one might run on a Phenom processor. We've used a number of elements of our usual CPU testing suite. If you're not familiar with them, we introduced them more properly in our original Phenom review. We'll dispense with the pleasantries here and give you the results.
As we predicted, the TLB patch's influence on performance varies from one application to the next. Everything depends on how that application uses memory. The largest impact, by far, is in the Firefox test, which really takes a hit when the patch is present. Web browsing isn't exactly an uncommon activity, either. In other tests, like the Sandra multimedia benchmark that uses SIMD instructions to generate a picture of a Mandelbrot fractal, the patch barely slows performance at all.
|Some 840 EVOs still vulnerable to read speed slowdowns||28|
|Details leak out on AMD's first Zen-based desktop CPUs||27|
|Nvidia: the GeForce GTX 970 works exactly as intended||62|
|Report: 4GB of RAM coming to GTX 960 in March||85|
|Early deal of the week: A 27" G-Sync monitor for $480||31|
|Gearbox's Homeworld remake due February 25||37|
|Nvidia admits, explains GeForce GTX 970 memory allocation issue||239|
|Here's my guest appearance on tonight's Alt+Tab Show||12|
|HA. AMD in the red and nVidia in the green. Thats funny cause you know... *cough* oh forget it.||+82|