AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE
Released April, 2009
The Pros:Unlocked multiplier allows for easy overclocking - can hit 3.7GHz or more. Affordable. High performance - great for gamers or PC enthusiasts.
The Cons:125w TDP - very hot and power hungry (especially compared to the Q9550's 95w TDP). Still not competitive with core i7.
Introduced in April 2009 alongside the Phenom II X4 945, the Phenom II X4 955 is a high end quad-core CPU from AMD. Manufactured on AMDs fairly recent 45nm fabrication process, the X4 955 runs at a speed of 3.2GHz, and features an unlocked CPU multiplier which allows for enthusiasts to more easily overclock.
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Perfect in this respect for computer enthusiasts and gamers, the chip performs admirably - matching the Intel Q9550 while being priced for slightly less. Available immediately, the X4 955 BE costs $245.
- Speed: 4 x 3.2GHz
- Cache: 4 x 512kb L2, 6mb L3
- Architecture: K10 derivative, "Deneb", 45nm
- Socket: AM2+ , AM3
- TDP: 125w
User Reviews (7)
unlocked multiplier allows for easy overclocking - can hit 3.7GHz or more
high performance - great for gamers or PC enthusiasts
compatible with either older AM2+ or newer AM3 motherboards
can be used with older DDR2 or newer DDR3 memory (depending on socket/motherboard)
125w TDP - very hot and power hungry (especially compared to the Q9550's 95w TDP)
still not competitive with core i7
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