Conclusion: Phenom II 940 is not what the Radeon 4800 was for ATI but it is an excellent processor which makes AMD the most competitive they've been in years and beats Intel's previous architecture Penryn at times clock for clock.
Summary: It would be wishful thinking to believe that the Phenom II X4 processors were ever going to give the Core i7’s a run for their money, at least in terms of performance. For starters AMD are pitching the Phenom II X4 940 for just $275 US, while the 920 version is set to cost just $230 US.
Summary: The reality of the economic downturn has affected every facet of our lives including the computer industry. While Intel continues to price their CPUs in the $999 price range with little change but a higher clock speed and higher speed QPI, AMD is pricing their CPUs for the mainstream user, with...
AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition CPU HDZ940XCGIBOX
25 February 2009
Conclusion: In the majority of our gaming benchmarks and some of the CPU tests, the 3.0GHz AMD Phenom II X4 940BE either matched or outperformed the 2.66GHz Intel Core i7-920 processor. For many, performance may be defined as a artificial score from a synthetic benchmark, but in the real world these tools...
Pros: Unlocked 'Black Edition' allows unrestricted overclocking, Outstanding price to performance ratio, Utilizes inexpensive DDR2 system memory, Excellent real-world quad-core performance, 2MB L2 Cache, 6MB Shared L3 Cache, Equally impressive gaming performance, Large Integrated Heat Spreader for impr...
Cons: Does not utilize backward compatible AM3 socket interface, Does not include DDR3 memory support
AMD Phenom II X4 940 Subzero Overclocking Test: 6Ghz Obtainable?
6 February 2009
Summary: There is no denying that the AMD Phenom II´s overclocking capabilities were hyped before launch, at CES AMD showcased the CPU running at 6.4Ghz. How realistic is this result for us enthusiasts? Can such a stunt be repeated? Time to find out.
Summary: As we move onto gaming performance, we decided to start things off with 3DMark 06 instead of 3DMark Vantage. At anything other than default resolutions, 3DMark Vantage appears to be more GPU limited that CPU limited and with the two HD4850 cards in Crossfire, we have a decent amount of graphics...
Summary: Unlike the Core 2 Duo processors that are overclocked by increasing the FSB - effectively raising the frequency of both the processor and memory - the Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition is best overclocked using the clock multiplier.
Summary: At an entry price of $245.00 for the Phenom II 920 X4 and $275.00 for the Phenom II 940 X4, upgrading your system is not out of reach. You will see increased performance with an upgrade to the Phenom II processors. Not to mention the ability to have some fun again with overclocking.
Pros: Affordable, Reverse Compatible, Uses both DDR2 or DDR3 RAM (When AM3 boards are released), Overclockable, Cool n Quiet 3.0 Works
Cons: Fusion does not give a true boost, AM3 Motherboards not released (yet)