Intel Core 2 Duo Threatened: AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition CPU Review
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...
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.
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.
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 ...
Cons: It's hard for users to accept an odd number of cores., Occasionally exhibits less performance than X4 810
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...
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,
. 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
Excerpt: Intel may still have the performance crown, but AMD's Socket AM3 Phenom II processors offer a compelling combination of compatibility with existing DDR2 memory, DDR3 support, and a price/performance story that's competitive with low- to midrange Intel CPUs.
Pros: Good performance for the price, Overclocking headroom, Compatible with existing Socket AM2+ motherboards
Cons: May require BIOS upgrade for existing motherboards
Phenom II X4 810 and X3 720 Processor Review - DDR3 Arrives for AMD
9 February 2009
Excerpt: Some weeks ago AMD released their first 45 nm desktop class processors with the introduction of the Phenom II X4 940 and 920 series of products. These processors showed some significant improvements over the previous Phenom 9x50 processors, and we received a clockspeed increase to 3 GHz which made...