The two most important questions to be answered in this review are how well the Pentium G6950 stacks up against the similarly priced AMD Athlon II X3 455, which is a triple-core CPU. To answer these questions we ran these two CPUs through exactly the same suite of benchmarks, using our standard CPU test components.
For the X3 445 we used the brand new Asus Crosshair IV Formula motherboard
which is based on the new AMD 890FX chipset. This is a more expensive motherboard than the Gigabyte GA-H55M-UD2H that we used for the Pentium G6950, but both boards are excellent overclockers and allowed us to get the maximum performance from the CPUs on test.
Here is a list of the applications we've used for our testing - most of them are available free for public consumption, although some are popular professional software applications.
We've used Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, as this is the most flexible and reliable 64-bit OS for testing the applications above.