AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition CPU Review

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Performance Summary: We didn't experience any major surprises throughout our testing of the AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition. Due to its higher base (3.3GHz) and Turbo Core (3.7GHz) frequencies, the 1100T offered small performance gains over the previous flagship X6 1090T. And the 1100T's additional cores give it an obvious edge in multi-threaded workloads over any other previous AMD quad-core. It even outperformed the Core i5-750 in a number of scenarios. In single or lightly-threaded workloads, the 1100T performed much like the 3.5GHz Phenom II X4 970, but overall we'd say the 1100T still had the edge thanks to its higher Turbo Core frequency. Intel's more expensive six-core processors, however, are still the kings of the hill for now.

It features AMD's most powerful CPU core currently available and it's clocked higher than any previous AMD CPU (at least when Turbo Core kicks in), so it should some as no surprise that the Phenom II X6 1100T is the fastest desktop processor released from AMD to date. In every test we ran the new Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition turned in scores marginally better than the previous flagship 1090T and thanks to the X6's Turbo Core feature the 1100T also managed to outpace the 3.5GHz Phenom II X4 970 in all but one test. If you're an AMD fan, the Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition is really a no comprimise solution.

One More Look At The AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition

Not surprisingly, the Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition will arrive with the highest price of any other AMD desktop processor, with an MSRP of $265. Even still, considering the strong performance of the chip, that price is easily justified. If you haven't noticed, pricing on the 1090T ($235) and 1075T ($199) has dropped recently in anticipation of the 1100T's arrival and you can now score an AMD six-core CPU for under $200 bucks. We should also point out that the Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition isn't the only CPU being released today. Arriving alongide the new flagship are a new 3.4GHz Phenom II X2 565 Black Edition at ~$115 and a 3.3GHz Athlon II X3 455 at ~$87, so AMD's got you covered at virtually all market segments.

  • AMD's Fastest CPU Yet
  • Strong Multi-Threaded Performance
  • Strong Lightly Threaded Performance Thanks to Turbo Core

  • Can't Touch An Intel 6-Core In Terms of Performance
  • Small Speed Bump Over 1090T

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