AMD Phenom II X4 810 and X3 720 BE Processors - HotHardware

AMD Phenom II X4 810 and X3 720 BE Processors

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For testing purposes, we thought it would be interesting to take these new Phenom II processors for a spin not only in an existing and proven socket AM2+ platform, but in a brand new DDR3-capable socket AM3 platform as well.  To that end, we enlisted the help of Asus who came through with a 790FX-based M4A79T Deluxe.


    

The M4A79T Deluxe is one of Asus' premiere socket AM3-based motherboards.  We'll show you the mobo itself in a minute, but first we want to explain what it comes with.  Bundled with the M4A79T Deluxe, included in the shiny, reflective green box, we found and assortment of five SATA cables, a case bracket equipped with both USB and Firewire ports, an IDE cable, two CrossFire bridge connectors, a package of Q-Connectors, a custom I/O shield, a driver CD, and of course a user's manual.

In addition to drivers, we should also note, that the CD included with the M4A79T Deluxe also contains a copy of Norton Internet Security 2008, and a few proprietary Asus utilities designed for overclocking (Turbo V) and power conservations (EPU).


    

    

   

The Asus M4A79T Deluxe is built around the AMD 790FX / SB750 chipset.  It features a dark colored PCB with color coded slots and expansion headers.  And un general, the layout of the motherboard is very good with no glaring problems with connector placement or clearance.  The M4A79T Deluxe features four, DDR3 DIMM slots supporting up to 16GB of memory, four PCI Express x16 slots (with a flexible lane configuration), and two standard PCI slots.  The M4A79T Deluxe also features an 8+2 phase power array design and an elaborate, all copper cooling apparatus that's attached not only to the components in the VRM, but to the 790FX and SB750 chips as well.

All of the board's various connectors and headers are situated around the edges of the PCB, and are clearly labeled for easy installation.  The M4A79T Deluxe also sports some handy integrated power and reset switches, and for you hardcore overclockers out there, there's even a CPU Overvolting jumper that unlocks core voltages as high as 1.9v.  While on the subject of overclocking, we should also note that the M4A79T Deluxe is outfitted with a full featured BIOS as well, rife with overclocking and performance related options.  We've only had the board in house for a very short time (about 2 days actually), but it has been running non-stop since we set it up and performance and stability seem top notch.

The ports in the M4A79T Deluxe's I/O backplane consist of PS/2 mouse and keyboard ports, six USB 2.0 ports, analog (6) and digital (2) audio inputs and outputs, eSATA and Firewire ports, and an RJ45 LAN jack.  Audio on the board comes by way of a Realtek 1200 series HD codec, Gigabit Ethernet comes by way of a Realtek 8112 PCIe controller, and Firewire by a VIA VT6315N.
 

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Phenom II X3 720 Overclocked to 3.6GHz for about $145? Sounds rather tasty!

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Super Dave:

Phenom II X3 720 Overclocked to 3.6GHz for about $145? Sounds rather tasty!

Yes. It sounds VERY tasty! Pizza

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Can you get these yet? May have to retire to trusty old Pentium D.

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Yes... this is what I waiting for. Now I can start pricing the new AMD Phenoms with DDR3 support and the related chipset MB's. I am going to put either one of them or a I7 and related system components into a new system. but you couldn't price them against each other until they were actively on the market of course. I think I may still wait for a minute to let the components get totally current driver wise etc.. What graphics implementation do you guys think would be the most advantageous? I was thinking either a 4870 or dual 4850's or maybe an Nvidia card but I want something that will do everything on a best perf. VS. price basis. How soon do you guys think the next GPU will hit?

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What cooler were you using on the chips cause by rights you shouldnt have any trouble with a decent air cooler to hit 4ghz, especially on that triple core. The oc on the 810 is low, nearly all other review sites have that thing running at 3.7-3.8 like they do with the 720be, and a few sites have gotten the 720be to 4ghz on air.

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AMD is on a roll with these Phenom II's, they just need a extreme CPU.

Bring back the FX!!

Phenom II X4 FX 990 3.4 GHz??

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OOO I havent seen a FX series from AMD in some time, the last one i can think of was the 70 or 71 i think....

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Which of Amd,s current offerings as far as performance would be on par with Intels current i7 / 920? And what kind of price range are we looking at!?

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Sadly, none of AMDs current offerings are on par with Intels Core i7.  They finally managed to get up to Core2 level.

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That's because the i7 is totally brand new technology while the AM3's are just AM2+'s with DDR3 support and some changes.

Look at the cost difference too.

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