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. Phenom II is a real challenger to Intel's Core 2 Quad series of Penryn chips and if they can ram up the clock speed they could take on the Core i7 from benchmarks we've seen.
Conclusion: Rather we see these new Phenom II X4 models taking on Intel's Core 2 dual-core and quad-core processors. This could be seen as both good and bad, and your view on that will be largely influenced by your budget. Some of the positive news for AMD was unexpectedly delivered by the gaming tests, where the Phenom II X4 940 was competitive in all the games we threw at it whereas its predecessor was severely lacking in this aspect.
AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition Processor Review
27 April 2009
[ad#review966-top]Again, the testing results were expected, with good results from the Phenom 9950, better results from the Phenom 940 at stock clock, and the best from the 940 at overclock.
As I had hoped and expected, the Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition is a definite improvement over its immediate predecessor, the Phenom X4 9950.
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. Also keep in mind that the architecture of the Phenom II X4 is much the same as the original, with a few tweaks here and there.
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 aren't very similar to a normal workload.
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 improved cooling
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 horsepower, but not lots. We ran 3DMark 06 at stock settings, as well as bumped up the eye-candy and resolution to 1680x1050 and finally 1920x1200.
Excerpt: AMD has been fighting an uphill battle on two fronts for the last few years. For a time, fierce competition from NVIDIA, coupled with some of their own problems executing, put the ATI graphics division in a deep hole. And ever since the introduction of the original Core 2 processors, and more recently the Core i7, AMD's processor division has fallen well behind Intel in terms of overall performance.
Pros: Highly Overclockable, Low Power Consumption, Strong Performance, Affordably Priced
Cons: Not Quite as Fast as Core 2, Phenom II X4 920 and 940 not AM3 DDR3 compatible
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.
Compared to the other two processors tested the performance of the Phenom II 940 X4 and the Dragon Platform did very well.
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)