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AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (HDZ720WFGIBOX)

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Overall 10

AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition Socket AM3 Triple Core Processor Review

5 October 2009
  • Summary: Conclusions Of course the GTX 260 coupled with the i7 blew away the Phenom II X3 720 in every gaming test. The X3 720 showed a distinct bottleneck holding back the GTX 260 from its full FPS potential. But again, keep in mind that the i7 system easily costs twice as much as the Phenom II X3 system. The i7 920 CPU alone costs about $60 more than the X3 and test motherboard combined.
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AMD Phenom II X3 720

PC Magazine
20 June 2009
Overall 8

AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition 45nm Socket AM3 Processor Review

21 May 2009
  • Summary: Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition processor is one of the first Phenom II processors, and it's got a secret that has PCSTATS very excited.
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AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition Review & Overclocking

21 May 2009

Intel Core 2 Duo Threatened: AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition CPU Review

X-bit labs
20 March 2009
  • Summary: AMD have started to use new 45nm core for their unique triple-core CPUs. As a result, there appeared a very attractive solution for the mainstream segment. And taking into consideration remarkable potential of the Phenom II X3 CPUs, we have every reason to conclude that it is going to be a new sales hit.
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AMD Phenom II 720 X3 Black Edition

OverClock Intelligence Agency
8 March 2009
  • Summary: I have to say I'm impressed with AMD's latest Deneb processor core. It takes me back years ago to the single core Thoroughbred XP and Venice 64 processors that were capable of near gigahertz overclocks. These chips loved voltage and as long as you kept temperatures low they were capable of reaching extreme speeds.
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AMD Phenom II X4 810 and X3 720 BE Processors

27 February 2009
  • Excerpt: Last month, AMD launched the Phenom II X4 processor line-up, and with it ushered in the first desktop processors built using the company's 45nm process node. While the first two Phenom II processors to arrive, the 3.0GHz X4 940 and 2.8GHz 920 , were clearly superior to previous Phenoms in terms of performance and power efficiency, and they remain the two most powerful processors in AMD's product stack today, they did not exploit all of the capabilities offered by their...
  • Pros: Good Performance, Highly Overclockable, Low Power, Very Affordable, Compatibility with AM2+ and AM3
  • Cons: Not Quite as Fast as Core 2, Confusing Naming Convention
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Overall 9
Value for money 9
Performance 9
Construction 10
Functionality 9

AMD Phenom II X3 720 BE Black Edition AM3 CPU

Benchmark Reviews
25 February 2009
  • Conclusion: When I said that three cores is better than two, but not quite as good as four, there wasn't enough data to support my claim. But after watching the majority of our benchmarks prefer the Black Edition X3 720 2.8GHz processor over it's 2.6GHz quad-core sibling, my claim stands true. For many, performance may be defined as a artificial score from a synthetic benchmark.
  • Pros: Unlocked 'Black Edition' allows unrestricted overclocking, Backwards compatible to socket AM2, Flexible memory controller manages DDR2 or DDR3, Excellent real-world quad-core performance, 2MB L2 Cache, 6MB Shared L3 Cache, Equally impressive gaming performance, Large Integrated Heat Spreader for improved cooling, Outstanding value!
  • Cons: It's hard for users to accept an odd number of cores., Occasionally exhibits less performance than X4 810
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Overall 9
Performance 9
Innovation 9
Technology 9

Expert Review

9 February 2009
  • Summary: The first wave of 45nm Phenom II processors showed that AMD still has a real chance in the desktop processor market, and that the company finally has a potential Core 2 killer. This latest release does shore up some questions about Socket AM3, and gets the core back on a full 2.0 GHz HT link, but it still doesn't do anything to raise performance.
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AMD Phenom II 810 X4 and 720 BE X3 AM3 Processor Review

Hi Tech Legion
9 February 2009
  • Summary: Upgrading your system to the newer AMD Phenom II AM3, X3 or X4  processor that is reverse compatible to your AM2+ system for under $200.00, while achieving a boost in performance, is, to coin a phrase, "Priceless" . You can save money now and upgrade as needed, or when your budget allows.
  • Pros: Reverse Compatible, Price, New Cool and Quiet, Overhead to Overclock
  • Cons: Some motherboard manufacturers need to correctly update their bios for reverse compatibility
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