Reviews and Problems with AMD Phenom II X3 710 2.6GHz (HDX710WFGIBOX)
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AMD Phenom II X3 710 Review
16 May 2009
Conclusion: The AMD Phenom II X3 710 is an interesting beast of a CPU. It is the second fastest triple core CPU that AMD has to offer, but the fact is you can spend a little more money on the Phenom II 720 which is $20 more expensive giving you increased speed and an unlocked multiplier, or alternatively, you can spend more money on a X4 CPU with higher performance. Newegg has the 710 on their website for $119, which is a fair price for the new CPU.
Excerpt: Processor manufacturing is a tricky business. Not every processor made is free from defects, and this is particularly true of complex quad-core designs. Fortunately, a single faulty core needn't be fatal. AMD simply disables it and sells the resulting triple-core chips at a reduced price. Two such processors are the Phenom II X3 710 and 720 Black Edition. Apart from the disabled core, these chips are identical to the X4 955.