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AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4 GHz Socket AM3 Processor Review

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4 GHz Socket AM3 Processor Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: AMD's 3.4GHz Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition processor represents a slight clock speed increase over the previous forerunner, the quad-core 955 Black Edition, and competes with Intel's existing quad-core family of socket 775 CPUs.
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External Mfg. Website: AMD Aug 19 2009   Julian Apong  
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Core i5 or Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition?

The quad-core AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition processor is the fastest chip to date for the socket AM3 platform, and quite affordable at $265 CDN ($245 USD, £165 GBP). In terms of performance this 3.4GHz chip is slightly quicker in the benchmarks than the previous forerunner, the Phenom II X4 955 BE. Not surprising since the AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE and 955BE share the same 45nm AMD 'Deneb' silicon.

Overclocking is the name of the game with a Black Edition processor, and the socket AM3 Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition doesn't disappoint! Using a mix of multiplier and bus speed increases, PCSTATS was able to coax the Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition from its default 3.4GHz clock speed to a respectable 3.93GHz. Individually, the CPU multiplier overclocked as high as 19.5x on the chip PCSTATS tested, the Bus speed to a good 240MHz.

Enthusiasts will find the range of tweaking and voltage adjustments in the Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P motherboard provide plenty of 'wiggle room' to take full advantage of a multiplier-unlocked CPU such as the Phenom II X4 965BE!

Beyond overclocking, one of the most endearing aspects of AMD socket AM3 processors like the AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition is a wonderful degree of backwards compatibility with Socket AM2+ and AM2 motherboards, not to mention bilingual memory support for DDR2 and DDR3 RAM. That's set to change in 2010 as AMD roadmaps transition to DDR3, but for the time being you've got your pick of super-cheap DDR2 memory and a vast selection of AMD motherboards.

The 200MHz speed refresh has bumped power draw for the 3.4 GHz Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition to 140W (vs. 125W for the 955BE), but under most test conditions this amounts to roughly 10W extra total system power draw. In other words, you can hold on to your existing CPU cooler and power supply.

From a platform perspective, upgrading a Core 2 Duo (LGA775) PC to a Core i5 processor (LGA1156) is still somewhat pricey. The Core i5 demands a new motherboard and thermal solution... possibly a new power supply too. The question we cannot answer yet, is how the Core i5's performance stacks up against the Phenom II X4...

To sum it all up, AMD's quad-core 3.4GHz Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition is an easy CPU to recommend. In particular for those already running an AMD PC who want the performance in massive parallel tasks that quad-cores provide, the Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition does compete well against Intel's eight-thread Core i7 920.

Enthusiasts will appreciate the overclocking prowess that an unlocked CPU multiplier makes possible - overclocking AMD Black Edition chips is a dream! You owe it to yourself to consider AMD's Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition CPU, when it comes to sheer value for performance it's hard to argue with such an affordable platform as a whole!

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Contents of Article: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition
 Pg 1.  AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4 GHz Socket AM3 Processor Review
 Pg 2.  AMD Overdrive 3.0 and Dragon Platform
 Pg 3.  Core-by-Core System Power Draw
 Pg 4.  Black Edition Overclocking - Breaking 4.4GHz?
 Pg 5.  Test Specs + 32-bit CPU System Benchmarks: SYSMark 2007
 Pg 6.  32-bit CPU System Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 7.  32-Bit CPU Synthetic Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra CPU / Memory
 Pg 8.  32-Bit CPU Calculation Benchmarks: Super Pi, wPrime2.0
 Pg 9.  32-Bit CPU Calculation Benchmarks: ScienceMark2, WinRAR
 Pg 10.  32-Bit CPU Rendering Benchmarks: Cinebench R10, Bibble 5
 Pg 11.  32-Bit CPU Rendering Benchmarks: POV-Ray, 3.7, SPECviewPerf 10
 Pg 12.  32-Bit CPU Synthetic Gaming Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage, 3DMark 06
 Pg 13.  32-Bit CPU Gaming Benchmarks: Crysis, FEAR
 Pg 14.  — Core i5 or Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition?

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