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AMD Phenom II X3 720 BE


$150.00 Released February, 2009

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Made to be overclocked - unlocked multiplier. Best of both worlds - more than 2 cores without the performance hit to the individual core clockspeed. Extremely affordable.

The Cons:Limited selection of available AM3 motherboards - also quite expensive. 95W TDP is the same as X4 parts. Little to no difference in performance with newer DDR3.

Introduced in February 2009, the Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition is a triple core processor from AMD that operates at a speed of 2.8Ghz. A step up from the Phenom II X3 710 - which features a 200MHz reduced clockspeed and a locked CPU multiplier which limits overclocking - the X3 720 is, like its less advanced brother, a full 4-core component with one core disabled (most likely due to a manufacturing defect which left it unable to function as a higher end quad-core).

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Ideal for individuals who are interested in building a powerful budget PC which can be retrofitted in the future, or for those interested in upgrading their current AM2+/DDR2 rigs, the Phenom II X3 is built on AMDs latest 45nm fabrication process. This allows for higher stock clockspeeds and lower power consumption compared to similar pre-existing Phenom parts based on the earlier 65nm process.

Features

  • Speed: 3 x 2.8Ghz
  • Cache: 3 x 512kb of L2, 6mb of shared L3
  • Architecture: K10 derivative, "Heka" core - "Deneb" X4 with one disabled core
  • Socket: AM3
  • TDP: 95w

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    made to be overclocked - unlocked multiplier

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    best of both worlds - more than 2 cores without the performance hit to the individual core clockspeed

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    extremely affordable

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    created with the latest AMD 45nm fabrication process

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    fast enough for the majority of consumers - including gamers

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    high value

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    compatible with both DDR2 and DDR3 memory

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    can be used in an older AM2+ motherboard with DDR2 memory

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    contains more L3 cache than the 800-series, shared between fewer, faster cores

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    the next Barton 2500+

Cons
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    limited selection of available AM3 motherboards - also quite expensive

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    95W TDP is the same as X4 parts

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    little to no difference in performance with newer DDR3

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