"Much of the focus lately has been on the Intel Core i7 CPUs, with their cutting edge technology, but AMD is not a company to fall by the way side. The AM3 CPUs have shown their ability to be outstanding chips for the money, offering much in the way of technology that is comparable to that of the Intel offerings, and usually for a significantly less expensive price. The other selling point that AMD has had in their offerings is the unlocked chips of the Black Edition family. These chips, with unlocked multipliers, have allowed for excellent overclocking at a fraction of the cost for an unlocked chip from Intel. With the flagship 955 BE beginning to show its age, AMD has seen the need to answer the call for more and has answered soundly.
The AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE enters the AMD lineup as the new unlocked flagship CPU, with 3.4 GHz of base clock speed. The AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE features much of the same technology of the AM3 chips, but with increased abilities in overclocking and base speeds. AMD has done an excellent job of managing to develop a strong hold on the mainstream CPU market, and their introduction of the 965 BE is definitely a move to further solidify this stance in the mainstream CPU market."