Conclusion: AMD's long anticipated move to socket AM3 is finally here, but it disappoints somewhat with reduced cache sizes and clock rates as well as entry-level performance. The price is right, though.
Pros: Reasonably priced. True quad core. Well integrated with AMD's platform technology.
Cons: Entry-level performance. Poor performance on digital photography benchmarks.
The Phenom II X4 810 & X3 720: AMD Gets DDR3 But Doesn't Need It
10 February 2010
Conclusion: When AMD launched the Phenom II X4 940 and 920 I called it a True Return to Competition. With the rest of the lineup now more fleshed out, it's truly a return to competition. At every price point that AMD targets, it has produced a CPU competitive to Intel's offerings.
Summary: After taking a quick look at the AMD Phemon II - 810 (AM3) processor, I was pretty satisfied with its overall performance. The benchmark reaults show that it easily beats the Intel Quad Core Q9300 and AMD's original Phenom 9950, however it's still no where near as fast as an Intel Core i7 -920.
Conclusion: In the majority of our gaming benchmarks and some of the CPU tests, the AMD Phenom II X4 940BE either matched or outperformed the Intel Core i7-920 processor, and most often times the X4 810 was closely behind it. For many, performance may be defined as a artificial score from a synthetic benchmark.
Pros: Backwards compatible to socket AM2, Flexible memory controller manages DDR2 or DDR3, Excellent real-world quad-core performance, 2MB L2 Cache, 4MB Shared L3 Cache, Equally impressive gaming performance, Large Integrated Heat Spreader for improved cooling
Cons: Lacks 6MB Shared L3 Cache, Occasionally exhibits less performance than X3 720, CPU multiplier is locked
Summary: AMD announced the first CPUs in Socket AM3 form-factor. Let’s see how Phenom II processors can benefit from the use of DDR3 memory and meet another quad-core CPU from the company that stands for maximizing price-to-performance ratio.
AMD's AM3 CPUs: Phenom II X4 810 and Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition
8 February 2009
Conclusion: With today’s introduction of five new AM3 CPUs, AMD’s addressed our biggest gripes with the original wave of Phenom II CPUs: price and their 1.8GHz memory controller. Given the state of today’s economy, everyone’s looking at ways to maximize their money.
Summary: You know the more we test Phenom II processors the more we seem to like them. AMD is fighting a stigma though. The one thing that is ghosting through everybody's mind has to be .. "what if Intel hadn't released Core i7 ?". Well, fact is they did release it.