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AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition 3.2 GHz Socket AM3 Processor Review

AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition 3.2 GHz Socket AM3 Processor Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: AMD is kicking off 2010 by introducing new low-power versions of some its most popular processors and bumping up the speed of a select few Phenom II and Athlon II CPUs. Today PCSTATS is looking at the 3.2GHz AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition processor.
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External Mfg. Website: AMD Jan 26 2010   Julian Apong  
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The Best Dual-Core Chip for $99?

AMD's Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition processor brings a lot more to the table than you would expect from a $99 slab of silicon. Two cores clocked at 3.2GHz, 6MB L3 cache an unlocked multiplier and full virtualization support. It's a pretty complete package for Windows 7 and Vista PCs to built around.

Under the surface, the Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition is pretty much a Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition, but with two of its cores disabled. This isn't necessarily the best design for a dual-core processor. It would be better served with more individual L2 cache and better multicore efficiency.

The difference in cache performance means that the AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition CPU still has difficult keeping up with Intel's more expensive Core 2 Duo E8400 and E8500 processors, and the Athlon II X4 635 for that matter. The Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition simply isn't as efficient clock-for-clock as Intel's recent dual-core processors.

In PCSTATS tests we witnessed overall performance for the AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition system on par with traditional desktop situations where one processor core can handle the operating system and background process, and the other core handles a single threaded application. In this environment the AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition CPU will deliver a good level of performance for the price of $99USD.

However in applications like video encoding and 3D rendering where parallel processing can take advantage of multi-core processors. In these scenarios the $125 AMD Athlon II X4 635 clobbers the Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition. Really, the choice of which processor to get will come down to what kind of tasks you use your computer for.

One of the other nice things about AMD's current Phenom II (and Athlon II) processor line-up is its cross compatability. You can drop the AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition into any socket AM3 or socket AM2+ motherboard, and it will work with your existing DDR2 or DDR3 memory. As upgrades go it's dead simple, and in sharp contrast to the malarky that's going on with Intel's current nightmare of socket 775/1155/1156/1366 platforms.

Overclocking the Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition was a lot of fun, thanks to the unlocked multiplier. Without using any tweaks it was possible to take the PIIX2 555BE from 3.2GHz up to 3.995GHz! Overclocking a $100 chip up nearly 4GHz really expands the value that system tweakers can get out of mainstream computer gear.

With its Phenom II X2 processor line down to the $99 USD ($105 CDN, £62 GBP) price point, AMD has a lot to offer both upgraders and system builders who are looking to make a budget desktop that still has decent performance. The AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition processor is a good way to turn an aging AM2+ Athlon system into a decent gaming rig, and from there eventually upgraded to an AM3 motherboard. The great overclocking potential only sweetens the deal!

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Contents of Article: AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition
 Pg 1.  AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition 3.2 GHz Socket AM3 Processor Review
 Pg 2.  Hitting 4 GHz! - CPU Overclocking Report
 Pg 3.  CPU System Benchmarks: SYSMark 2007
 Pg 4.  CPU System Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 5.  CPU Synthetic Benchmarks: Sandra 2009
 Pg 6.  CPU Synthetic Benchmarks: Sandra 2009 Memory
 Pg 7.  CPU Calculation Benchmarks: Super Pi, wPrime2.0
 Pg 8.  CPU Calculation Benchmarks: ScienceMark2.3, WinRAR
 Pg 9.  CPU Rendering Benchmarks: Cinebench R10, Bibble 5
 Pg 10.  CPU Rendering Benchmarks: POV-Ray 3.7
 Pg 11.  CPU Rendering Benchmarks: SPECviewPerf 10
 Pg 12.  CPU Synthetic Gaming Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage, 3DMark 06
 Pg 13.  CPU Gaming Benchmarks: Crysis
 Pg 14.  CPU Gaming Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 15.  — The Best Dual-Core Chip for $99?

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