Reviews and Problems with AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition (HDZ955FBGMBOX)
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AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2 GHz Socket AM3 Processor Review
9 August 2009
Summary: The 3.2GHz AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition is the companies' latest quad-core processor, and it's being released in tandem with a new memory tuning tool called Black Edition Memory Profiles, or B.E.M.P. for short.
Summary: That, I think, leads us to our conclusions, which ought to be fairly straightforward. The performance contest between the Phenom II X4 955 and the Core 2 Quad 9550 is crazy close, and even the X4 955's one apparent weakness, a higher power/thermal rating, turned out to be a non-issue in our testing.
Conclusion: The Phenom 2 X4 955 BE offers great performance at a good price. You can use your existing AM2+ board and DDR2 ram then upgrade to AM3 and DDR3, making it an even better choice in economic hard times.
AMD Phenom II 955 X4 BE and Dragon Platform Refresh Review
Hi Tech Legion
23 April 2009
Summary: At an entry price of $245.00 for the Phenom II 955 X4 BE, 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 (WIth AM2+ (DDR2) or AM3 (DDR3) boards), Overclockable, Cool n Quiet 3.0 Works
Cons: No Real Performance Increase between DDR2 and DDR3 Systems