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 hit.
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.
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.
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.
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 $200.00, while achieving a boost in performance, is, to coin a phrase,
. You can save money now and upgrade as needed, or when your budget allows.
Pros: Reverse Compatible, Price, New Cool and Quiet, Overhead to Overclock
Cons: Some motherboard manufacturers need to correctly update their bios for reverse compatibility
Excerpt: Intel may still have the performance crown, but AMD's Socket AM3 Phenom II processors offer a compelling combination of compatibility with existing DDR2 memory, DDR3 support, and a price/performance story that's competitive with low- to midrange Intel CPUs.
Pros: Good performance for the price, Overclocking headroom, Compatible with existing Socket AM2+ motherboards
Cons: May require BIOS upgrade for existing motherboards
Conclusion: Introductory prices of US$ 125.- for the entry level Phenom II as in the X3 710 (2.6 GHz), US$ 145 for the X3 720 (2.8 GHz Black Edition) and US$ 175 for the X4 810 leave no doubt that the days of single and even dual core CPUs are counted – unless they are meant specifically for office applications or low power environments. It’s the bargain bin for Phenom II which, all things considered is a viable alternative to Intel’s offerings.