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Reviews and Problems with AMD Phenom II X2 550 (HDZ550WFGIBOX / HDX550WFGMBOX)

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Intel Pentium G6950 vs. AMD Phenom II X2 550

Legion Hardware
24 January 2010
  • Summary: As we often find when making such comparisons, there is no simple answer to the question “which processor is better?” There are a few things that we can say with absolute certainty. Firstly the Intel Pentium G6950 uses anywhere from 10 – 25% less power than the AMD Phenom II X2 550. Given that we tested each processor on its most up-to-date platform, we displayed best case scenario results for power consumption.
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Overall 9
Value for money 10
Performance 9
Construction 10
Functionality 9

AMD Phenom II X2 550 BE AM3 Processor

Benchmark Reviews
15 December 2009
  • Conclusion: It's been a while since AMD had a true dual core competitor to Intel's Core 2 Duo family, but I think it's safe to say that day has come. Throughout our tests, the AMD Phenom II X2 550 BE was able to keep up and even outpace our Intel E7400. Memory intensive benchmarks and applications, in particular, seem to favor the X2 550. The X2 550 earns high marks in construction quality as well.
  • Pros: Excellent price/performance ratio, AM3/AM2 compatibility, DDR3 support, 6MB L3 cache, Efficient 45nm process.
  • Cons: 80W TDP still higher than comparable Intel processors
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AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition CPU Review

9 October 2009

AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 3.1 GHz Socket AM3 Processor Review

9 October 2009
  • Summary: AMD's suggested retail price for the Phenom II X2 550 processor is a mere $103 USD ($110 CDN, £62 GBP), which positions it right between Intel's 2.6GHz E5300 processor and the Core 2 Duo 2.8GHz E7400 processor. This makes it both an inexpensive, easy upgrade for those looking to drop it into an existing socket AM2+ motherboard. The 3.1GHz clockspeed and potential overclocking headroom....
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Overall 8

Expert Review

1 June 2009
  • Excerpt: Budget-conscious gamers or general PC users who don’t edit video or use Adobe apps will find the Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition a fine, speedy performer for the price.
  • Pros: Nearly as speedy in most programs as much costlier AMD CPUs, Unlocked for easy overclocking, Same architecture and features as quad- and triple-core Phenom II chips
  • Cons: Quad-core CPUs offer better performance for video editing and other multithreaded apps
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AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition

Legion Hardware
31 May 2009
  • Summary: It is hard to believe that the Phenom II X2 550 can be had for just $100 US. For this money consumers are getting a dual-core Phenom II processor with a 1MB L2 cache, 6MB L3 cache, that operates at 3.10GHz and has a TDP (Thermal Design Power) of just 80 watts!
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AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition

TechRadar UK
7 September 2010
  • Excerpt: You can now buy PC processors with as many as six cores and support for up to 12 software threads in parallel. With that in mind, why would anyone want the dual-core AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition?
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Overall 6

AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition

21 December 2010
  • Conclusion: Dwurdzeniowe Phenomy zapowiadano już od dawna jednakże ich wprowadzenie nie miało większego sensu w przypadku technologii 65 nm. Obecnie po przejściu na 45 nm i wprowadzeniu Phenomów II AMD uzupełnia swoją ofertę także o takie układy. Do popularnych Phenomów II X4 i X 3 dołączyły więc Phenomy II X2. Sprzwdziliśmy jak sprawuje się model 550 Black Edition.
  • Pros: Bardzo dobra wydajność w aplikacjach korzystających z jednego i dwóch rdzeni, Doskonale się podkręca, Bardzo łatwy do podkręcania dzięki odblokowanemu mnożnikowi
  • Cons: Brak
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Bu Black Edition işlemci performansın doruklarında.

19 December 2009
  • Conclusion: AMD'nin üst segmentte X4 9xx ve 8xx serisiyle ortaya koyduğu başarılı fiyat/performans oranını giriş seviyesine taşıyan bu işlemciyi genel olarak beğendik.
  • Pros: +, Yüksek performans, +, Uygun fiyat, +, Başarılı performans / Watt oranı
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Test: AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition

13 August 2009
  • Summary: Vad sägs om ett dubbelkärnigt monster som är enkelt att överklocka och kostar strax över tusenlappen?
  • Pros: Billig, suverän när det gäller multikörning, enkel att
  • Cons: Går varmare, men är ändå inte lika kraftfull som en jämförbar
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