Reviews and Problems with AMD Phenom II X6 1100T (HDE00ZFBGRBOX)
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AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Processor Review
4 October 2011
Excerpt: AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Processor Review AMD Today AMD introduces their newest top dog processor, the Phenom II X6 1100T BE. Replacing the 1090T Black Edition as the highest clocked six core processor from AMD, the 1100T runs at 3.3GHz with 3.7GHz Turbo mode. The 1100T also brings a price drop to the top performance slot, and pushes the X6 1090T to a new lower price point as well - yes, AMD is dropping prices on their Thuban architecture processors, with the new pricing...
AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition Processor Review
11 June 2011
Excerpt: Believe it or not – this is my first hex-core processor review. Covered from single core to 4 core 8 threads so far but not a hex-core. Again, my apologies for a long gap between article. Things aren’t all that rosy outside the Internet.
Excerpt: AMD has traditionally priced its CPUs with value in mind and with the six core Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition (BE), it's the same story. Whereas it costs a mere US $270, Intel's top-end six core CPU the Core i7 980X Extreme Edition sells for a dizzying $999.
Excerpt: AMD has certainly been making waves of late; their announcement of the Fusion architecture is certainly a shot across Intel’s bow. The higher end equivalent, code-named Bulldozer, promises to make significant strides forward on the high end. All of that is somewhere down the line, though.
Conclusion: Benchmark tests should always be taken with a grain of salt. It's difficult to try and isolate the performance difference a single component in a computer system makes, especially when it's necessary to compare across different manufacturers and platforms. Complicating the matter is the fact that benchmarks change, a manufacturer may change the technical details of a product, and the retail price may change as well.
Pros: True 6-physical-core processor, Turbo Core feature auto-overclocks to 3.7GHz if 3 or fewer cores in use, Easily overclocks to 4GHz without requiring a high-end motherboard, Excellent performance in media transcoding, professional rendering, and modeling, Low 125 watt TDP, Works in older AM2, motherboards (with BIOS update)
Cons: Cheaper Thuban CPUs are just as fast with a little tweaking, Not as much cache as competitive Intel processors, Cannot support an NVIDIA SLI system with AMD chipset motherboard
Conclusion: AMD's release of the Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition CPU is a clear and obvious move to extract the very last drop of performance from the ageing architecture that has its roots in the K8 chip first brought to market over seven years ago. Now refined, tweaked and polished enough to arrive with a native 3.3GHz frequency run across six cores, the 1100T goes toe-to-toe with Intel's Core i7 chips and isn't the first one to blink.
Conclusion: So there you have it. AMD’s new flagship CPU is able to mostly keep pace with (and sometimes slip past) Intel’s top LGA1156 CPU. Normally this would get a recommendation, but it just isn’t the case this time. Why? Bulldozer and Sandy Bridge are coming next year; the former will be released at CES in January and the latter is expected some time next year (possibly the first half).
Summary: There are some good news about the new Phenom II X6 1100T. It comes with the same price tag the Phenom II X6 1090T used to carry, meaning that AMD dropped the price for all the other six-core CPUs they have. The second thing really good about this CPU is its overclocking capability, higher than all other AMD CPUs we’ve reviewed to date.
The Phenom II X6 1100T may be a good CPU if you know what you are buying.