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AMD Phenom X4 9950 Black Edition


$235.00 Released July, 2008

Product Shot 1 The Pros:125W version available. Fastest AMD CPU available. Is fast enough for the majority of non-professionals.

The Cons:Extremely high TDP means this chip puts off a lot of heat and uses a lot of power. Requires a compatible board that can provide enough juice (not just AM2 socket). Only approaches the Q6600 in terms of performance (a 90W chip).

The Phenom X4 9950 Black Edition is the current top-of-the-line processor from AMD. Running at 2.6GHz stock speed the "Black Edition" moniker denotes its ability to be over clocked more easily by computer enthusiasts by utilizing the unlocked CPU multiplier.

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This additional speed comes at a price however: with a 140W TDP it is evident that AMD have been struggling to produce faster chips while keeping a hold on increased power consumption and heat production.

Features

  • Socket type: AM2+
  • HT Speed: 4000MHz
  • Core speed: 2.6GHz
  • L2 Cache: 512KB x 4
  • L3 Cache (shared): 2MB
  • Fab process: 65nm
  • TDP:140W

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    125W version available

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    fastest AMD CPU available

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    is fast enough for the majority of non-professionals

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    priced relatively competitively

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    Black Edition (unlocked clock speed)

Cons
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    extremely high TDP means this chip puts off a lot of heat and uses a lot of power

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    requires a compatible board that can provide enough juice (not just AM2 socket)

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    only approaches the Q6600 in terms of performance (a 90W chip)

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