AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition CPU Review - HotHardware

AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition CPU Review

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Test System Configuration Notes: When configuring our test systems for this article, we first entered their respective system BIOSes and set each board to its "Optimized" or "High performance Defaults". We then saved the settings, re-entered the BIOS and set the memory frequency to DDR3-1333. The hard drives were then formatted, and Windows 7 Ultimate x64 was installed. When the Windows installation was complete, we updated the OS, and installed the drivers necessary for our components. Auto-Updating and Windows Defender were then disabled and we installed all of our benchmarking software, performed a disk clean-up, defragged the hard drives, and ran the tests.

 HotHardware's Test Systems
 Intel and AMD - Head To Head

System 1:
Core i5 661
(3.33GHz - Dual-Core)

Asus P7H57D-V EVO
(H57 Express Chipset) 

2x2GB Kingston DDR3-1600
(@ 1333MHz, CAS 8)

Intel GMA IGP 
On-Board Ethernet
On-board Audio

WD150 "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows 7 x64

System 2: 
Core i5 750
(2.66GHz - Quad-Core)

Asus Maximus III Formula 
(P55 Express Chipset) 

2x2GB Kingston DDR3-1600
(@ 1333MHz, CAS 8)

GeForce GTX 280
On-Board Ethernet
On-board Audio

WD150 "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows 7 x64

System 3: 
Core 2 Q9650
(3GHz - Quad-Core)
Core 2 Quad Q9400
(2.66GHz - Quad-Core)

Gigabyte X48T-DQ6
(X48 Express Chipset)

2x2GB Kingston DDR3-1600
(@ 1333MHz, CAS 8)

GeForce GTX 280
On-Board Ethernet
On-board Audio

WD150 "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA 

Windows 7 x64

System 4:
AMD Phenom II X4 980
(3.7GHz Quad-Core) 
AMD Phenom II X4 965
(3.4GHz Quad-Core) 

AMD Athlon II X4 645
(3.1GHz Quad-Core)

AMD Pehnom II X4 970
(3.5GHz Quad-Core)

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T
(3.2GHz Six-Core)

AMD Phenom II X6 1100T
(3.3GHz Six-Core)


MSI 890FXA-GD70
(AMD 890FX Chipset) 

2x2GB Corsair DDR3-1600
(@ 1333MHz, CAS 8)

Radeon IGP
On-Board Ethernet
On-board Audio

WD150 "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA 

Windows 7 x64

 Preliminary Testing with PCMark Vantage
 Synthetic Benchmarks

First up, we ran our test systems through Futuremark’s latest system performance evaluation tool, PCMark Vantage. PCMark Vantage runs through a host of different usage scenarios to simulate different types of workloads including High Definition TV and movie playback and manipulation, gaming, image editing and manipulation, music compression, communications, and productivity.  Most of the tests are multi-threaded as well, so the tests can exploit the additional resources offered by a quad or six-core CPU.

 

The Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition was the fastest of the AMD-built quad-core processors by a small margin, which is to be expected considering this processor is clocked higher than it's Phenom II X4 counterparts, but the Core i5-750 is faster overall, as are the six-core processors, of course.

 

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Great Review, I was expecting the AMD processor to beat Intel in at least one test but I guess they are waiting until their next big release. Love to see competition between Intel and AMD which tends to equal improvements and better pricing for us consumers.

Intel gets the cake on this one though with the more powerful and energy conserving processor. The cake is double-layered and has strawberries.

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Great review Marco, I had no idea they were releasing another phenom x4. That puppy sucks down the juice!!!! I feel like most people have their 955 or 965 oc'd past 3.7 already and are waiting for bulldozer at this point before they upgrade.

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I'll be honest... i've given up on this line.... I dont care what cpu they come out with for this architecture, am going to wait to see whats next. Nothing against HH or Marco.... but this product, it feels almost redundant.

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maybe its just the mood i'm in (I dont have a job, and the weather in Toronto the past couple of weeks has been sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Gloomy), but after reading this article, i was just like... Meh, whatever AMD.

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So AMD put the most performance they can into this processor, just like what Intel did with it's 2006 Extreme Edition.

Not to say they're not bad processors but they're clearing out to make way for Bulldozer, which I'm very excited for.

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Can't really get all that excited about this processor  but it may be an upgrade for some that are just buying a bit of time before a total system upgrade .Just think that a 965/970 would be a much better value with the OC. would still need a better heatsink ...anyways how much time would one want to buy ?

Thanks Marco for the review and with grey and chilly weather around here lately [most unusual for May]

I'll take a prolonged kat-snooooze with this one.

 

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so... it gets it's ass kicked by an intel processor that is twice it's price? i'd rather get most of a new system at the same price that the i7 970 cost instead of paying double of what it should cost me to make a new rig...

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I was actually referring to:

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz  $140.00
AMD Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition Deneb 3.6GHz  $190.00

not the Intel's at all,

for an upgrade for those that already have AM3 sockets.

 

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Worse. At NewEgg, the i7-970 is 3.65x more expensive than the Phenom II X4 970 but is only 20% faster at PCMarks, and 46% faster at "Communications" (whatever that is...).

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I think I see one of these in going into my rig very soon

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