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AMD Phenom II X4 910e 2.6 GHz Quad-Core 65W Processor Review

AMD Phenom II X4 910e 2.6 GHz Quad-Core 65W Processor Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: MD seeks to shift that tide with the introduction of the energy efficient AMD Phenom II X4 910e processor for socket AM3. This 2.6GHz quad core chip has as all the Phenom II features that you expect...
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External Mfg. Website: AMD Jan 27 2010   Julian Apong  
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Energy Efficiency without loss of CPU Power

AMD's 2.6GHz Phenom II X4 910e processor does a lot to curb the Phenom II's family reputation for being hot and power hungry. The quad-core 910e is actually a bit of a lightweight, it's got some great power consumption figures that keep its total system power draw well under that of AMD's other quad-core processors.

However whenever AMD accomplishes something great, Intel is right around the corner to rain on the parade. Intel's Core i5 750 processor still manages lower overall power consumption levels, despite having a 95W TDP rating compared ot the Phenom II X4 910e's 65W.

Things just become more lopsided in performance benchmarks. The Phenom II X4 910e has difficulty keeping up with both the 2.9GHz Athlon II X4 635 processor and the Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition at times, and is consistently trounced by the Core i5 750 in nearly every benchmark. The compromise for such low power consumption is a lower clockspeed, and AMD's 'Deneb' architecture simply isn't all that great at 2.6GHz.

At $179 CDN ($169 USD, £117 GBP) is fairly expensive for an AMD processor, which tend to stay below the $150 mark. This makes the Phenom II X4 910e a bit difficult to place in the grand hierarchy of processors. If you need speed, there are faster AMD processors for less money. If you need a high-power, low wattage processor the Intel Core i5 series is a better bet in my mind. If you need a low-wattage quad-core the Athlon II X4 family remains quite competitive too.

The saving grace for the Phenom II X4 910e is that it is a very easy upgrade. Like AMD's other Phenom II processors, this socket AM3 chip can be dropped into a socket AM2+ motherboard (and certain AM2 motherboards) without any fuss. Even if you happen to be running a fairly ancient power supply, chances are the Phenom II X4 910e won't tip your wattage consumption into danger zone territory. The Phenom II X4 910e will also be quite at home in newer systems, including those based on AMD's upcoming 880G chipset.

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Contents of Article: AMD Phenom II X4 910e
 Pg 1.  AMD Phenom II X4 910e 2.6 GHz Quad-Core 65W Processor Review
 Pg 2.  910e Breaks 3.3 GHz Easily! - Overclocking Report
 Pg 3.  System Benchmarks: SYSMark 2007
 Pg 4.  System Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 5.  Synthetic Benchmarks: Sandra 2009 - Processor
 Pg 6.  Synthetic Benchmarks: Sandra 2009 - Memory
 Pg 7.  Calculation Benchmarks: Super Pi, wPrime2.0
 Pg 8.  Calculation Benchmarks: ScienceMark 2.3
 Pg 9.  Rendering Benchmarks: Cinebench R10, Bibble 5
 Pg 10.  Rendering Benchmarks: POV-Ray, 3.7
 Pg 11.  Synthetic Gaming Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage, 3DMark 06
 Pg 12.  Gaming Benchmarks: Crysis
 Pg 13.  Gaming Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 14.  — Energy Efficiency without loss of CPU Power

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