AMD Phenom II X2 550
Released June, 2009
The Pros:Runs very fast, great for processing complex jobs. Can be overclocked very easily, has a nice interface for changing the multiplier. Many motherboards can unlock the other 2 cores as well to get performance equivalent to the AMD Phenom II 950 BE.
The Phenom II X2 550 is a higher-end desktop processor, one of several new models introduced by AMD in 2009 and based on the new 45nm, dual-core Callisto. As a direct competitor of the Intel Core 2 Duo E7000, the processor features a core speed of 3.1 GHz, with a 1MB L2 and 6MB L3 cache, and 80W thermal design power.
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Features to reduce power consumption and decrease noise and heat output include Cool'n'Quiet technology, CoolCore technology (turns off sections of the processor when not in use), and Dual Dynamic Power Management. The 550 differs only slightly from the Phenom II X2 545, which clocks in at 3.0 GHz. The main difference between the Phenom II X2 and Athlon II X2 series, meanwhile, is the inclusion of an L3 cache.
- 3.1GHz frequency
- 2x512KB L2 and 6MB L3 caches
- 80W TDP
- Supports MMX, 3DNow!, SSE/SSE2/SSE3/SSE4a
- Advanced bit manipulation
- AMD64 technology
- AMD-V virtualization technology
- Enhanced Virus Protection
- Cool'n'Quiet 3.0
- CoolCore technology
- Dual Dynamic Power Management
User Reviews (1)
runs very fast, great for processing complex jobs
can be overclocked very easily, has a nice interface for changing the multiplier
many motherboards can unlock the other 2 cores as well to get performance equivalent to the AMD Phenom II 950 BE
runs cool even when you're pushing it hard
excellent price considering the performance
doesn't draw too much power while in operation, very efficient
installation is quick and easy, nothing complicated about it
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