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AMD Phenom II


$250.00 Released January, 2009

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Affordable prices compared to Intel's C2Q line. High performance - like a C2Q for productivity, competes with i7 in games. Cheaper overall system cost (inexpensive motherboards and RAM compared to high end C2Q/i7 for similar performance).

The Cons:Early Phenom IIs meant as interm release - only good for those who desire to keep their high performance mainboard, ram etc... upgrading from a higher-end dual core? No lower power model - designed for higher performance only.

Officially released in January 2009, the Phenom II is an update to the original Phenom line. The first AMD processors created on a 45nm fabrication process, the shrinking of transistors has allowed AMD to make significant changes to the chip.

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Product Shot 2 Besides implementing several tweaks to the original 65nm Agena core, the newer Deneb core includes an expanded L3 cache (2MB to 6MB). Besides this, the 45nm process also allows for lower power draw at higher clock speeds - meaning the newer Phenom processors can attain clockspeeds much higher than those of the original Phenoms, while using less electricity. Original Phenom II processors were supported on AM2+ motherboards and only support DDR2 RAM. The AM3 socket, and compatible AM3 Phenom II processors was released a month later in February.

Features

  • built on a 45nm process - superior performance while using less power and creating less heat
  • improved upon Stars CPU architecture

Models (AM2+ only)

  • Phenom II X4 940 BE, 3.0GHz, 6MB L3, unlocked multiplier
  • Phenom II X4 920, 2.8GHz, 6MB L3

Models (AM3/AM2+)

  • Phenom II X4 955 BE, 3.2GHz, 6MB L3 unlocked multiplier
  • Phenom II X4 940, 3.0Ghz, 6MB L3
  • Phenom II X4 910, 2.6Ghz, 6MB L3
  • Phenom II X4 810, 2.6GHz, 4MB L3 
  • Phenom II X4 805, 2.5GHz, 4MB L3
  • Phenom II X3 720 BE, 2.8GHz,  6MB L3, unlocked multiplier
  • Phenom II X3 710, 2.6GHz, 6MB L3

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Pros
  • 3

    affordable prices compared to Intel's C2Q line

  • 3

    high performance - like a C2Q for productivity, competes with i7 in games

  • 3

    cheaper overall system cost (inexpensive motherboards and RAM compared to high end C2Q/i7 for similar performance)

  • 1

    integrated power-saving technology, Cool 'n' Quiet

Cons
  • 2

    early Phenom IIs meant as interm release - only good for those who desire to keep their high performance mainboard, ram etc... upgrading from a higher-end dual core?

  • 2

    no lower power model - designed for higher performance only

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theUg
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Really affordable processors with top models now available for under $200. Affordable, yet nice performing. Sure, it has disadvantages versus newest Intel processors’ architecture features, and may post noticeable gaps in benchmark scores, those gaps aren’t large enough to justify paying twice as much for i7 (although i5-750 does give it strong challenge), or even 4-5 times as much in case of unlocked OC modifier for current top Intel CPU. If you throw into consideration more expensive mother boards and memory for Intel-based system, then the winner is obvious, unless you’re into bragging rights or benchmark-running business.

Mar 26, 10
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