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.
Conclusion: Comparing the Phenom II X4 series to the latest Intel Core i7 processors is not completely fair, as they are intended to serve two different markets, at least for now. At $290 the Core i7 920 is slowly closing the gap, though with the current pricing of Intel X58 motherboards and triple-channel DDR3 memory kits, the main target for the Phenom II X4 is still the Intel Core 2 Quad.
Excerpt: The AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition ($117 list) is a quad-core CPU designed for use with AMD's AM3 socket. This 64-bit chip is based on the Deneb processing core, and was developed using AMD's 45nm production process. It runs at a clock speed of 3.2GHz, and has a total of 2MB of L2 cache (512KB per core) and 6MB L3 cache. Its HyperTransport rate is 4,000MHz, providing up to 16GBps of bandwidth.
Excerpt: Over the course of a few months in late 2007 and early-to-mid 2008, AMD unveiled their Spider platform, consisting of AMD-built desktop processors, chipsets, and graphics cards, and refreshed said platform with faster processors and graphics cards. Fast forward to today, and AMD is doing the same thing, but this time with the newer, more powerful Dragon platform. It's like Déjà Vu all over again, as they say.
Pros: Strong Performance, Good Power Consumption, Great Upgrade Path, DDR2 or DDR3 Compatible, Overclockable, Competitive Pricing, Fastest AMD CPUs to Date