AMD Launches New Phenom II and Athlon II Processors - HotHardware

AMD Launches New Phenom II and Athlon II Processors

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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 965
(3.4GHz Quad-Core) 
AMD Athlon II X4 640
(3.0GHz Quad-Core)
AMD Athlon II X4 645
(3.1GHz Quad-Core)

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

AMD Phenom II X6 1075T
(3.0GHz 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-core CPU.

We have compared AMD newest processors to the models they supplant at the top of their respective product line-ups, or to the fastest chip in the family as is the case with the Phenom II X6 1075T.

As you can see in the chart above, the 100MHz clock speed increases to the Phenom II 970 Black Edition and the Athlon II X4 645 processors give them a slight advantage over the Phenom II 965 and Athlon II X4 640, respectively. The six-core Phenom II X6 1075T, however, although technically clocked 200MHz lower thant he 1090T by defaults, isn't all that much slower due to both chips having similar Turbo Core frequencies.

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Nice! the 970 BE and 1075 look pretty sweet, but for 20 less I would probably still go with the 965 BE. I was under the impression that there would be a 960T, but after seeing this I looked it up, and apparently those plans were abandoned in this spring. Oh well

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 I always like it when AMD gets into competition with its self because we usually benefit from it! I,ve always been a fan of AMD  regardless of who is fastest Intel or AMD which at times is questionable but the thing AMD is they offer something for everybody. Price to performance ratio you have nothing to loose and everybody can play! The only problem I have is picking which one to buy! Now in the near future I had intended on getting the 965BE but now NOW I got to looking at the  3.5ghz Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition $185 and 3.1 GHZ AthlonII X4 645. Its like reaching into a jar of M&M,s and deciding what color! Now I know that the 965 and the 970 are pretty much the same price around $185 so guess I might go for the 970 who knows ?? When  I read this from your review

The new Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition and Athlon II X4 645, however, due to their higher clocks, finished slightly ahead of the Phenom II 965 and Athlon II 640 they supplant at the top of their respective product line-ups—as they should.

Then It gets interesting!! .So thanks AMD for the new toys now I got to figure out which M&M I want!  Yes

 

 

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Wahh no low wattage parts.

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A 1075 BE would be awesome

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That Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition for $185 is a sweet deal. Still though clock for clock Intel has the lead I don't see this changing until Bulldozer arrives, if then. 

As Marco stated on a bank for buck basis AMD has been delivering as they were the first to bring a $99 Quad core to market which still cannot be touched.

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I got my 970 stable to 4.1 with only 1.4275 voltage, passed every stress and benchmark test except for 3ds max render (didn't bsod, it just said error then exited), upped it to 1.475 and it was very stable after that.  This was on an el-cheapo amd mobo btw (biostar ta890gxb). I just upped the multiplier and cpu voltage, I didn't play around with anything else, so some people can probably squeeze a bit more on it.  Newly improved AMD process really helped with overclocking.

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Wow, nice prices. Its nice how they released them all at once like this unlike Intel that released the most expansive so you would buy it even if you don't need all those specs then release the lower end ones :)

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The Phenom II X6 1075T - for $245 is a good deal. I've already read reviews on it and it OC's quite well.

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The Phenom II X6 1075T is quite affordable - take a look here at the recent Fry's ad for it:

 


 

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wow 180...  anyone gonna jump on that?

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