Reviews and Problems with AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition (HDZ955FBGMBOX)
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8 July 2013
Summary: Been running for almost 6 months without a problem. It didn't come with a stock heatsink fan. Bought this to replace my old Athlon II. Runs all my games perfectly, photoshop runs at loads at reasonable speed, Sony Vegas Pro renders at a reasonable speed. Perfect processor for an entry level computer, though the 965 is probably a better choice just because it's a more updated model.
Summary: This is my first HTPC build. I found that with a tighter case the temps can get high (60 plus degrees). So the need for a aftermarket heat sink is a must. Other than that no issues, great performer does its job well.
Pros: Fast for what i need it for. Using it for a HTPC setup.
Cons: Can run hot at times. must use aftermarket heat sink.
Intel > AMD, except for video encoding on a budget + overclocking
27 November 2012
Summary: The best AM3 chip to get - overclocks well, hexacore isn't worth the extra cost when nothing is threaded for 5-6 cores and 1-4 threads is same on x4 and x6. Pentium 2120 is a better processor, but if you need more logical cores for video encoding instead of video gaming or general usage, than phenom ii x4 is the way to go for a budget system.
Summary: Good bang for your buck fast enough for almost anything. This chip is Unlocked most will overclock to 3.8 1.4v to 4.2GHz 1.5v depending on cooling and the voltage your willing to pump in to the chip and your mother boards voltage regulators as this chip already needs 125w and overclocking will push the CPU to even higher wattage possibly over heating and overloading the mother boards voltage regulators so be careful.
Pros: fast enough for just about anything, good price, unlocked easy overclocking
Cons: loud stock fan, used lot power at full load, price dropped $10 on me 2 days after I ordered ncix wouldn't refund $10
Summary: On sale for $80. Paired with a 970A board and some DDR3 1600. OC'ed to 3.8 at 1.35v with a Hyper 212. A very capable system for under $200. It's no i7 but it's enough power for most people at a fraction of the cost.
Summary: I've been using a AMD 945, and 965 in two of my machines for two years now. They are solid and can still handle what ever I throw at them. I bought this 955 to upgrade my media computer based on my experience with the 945 and 965. This performs as well for what I throw at it. The stock fan that comes with these three CPU's I mentioned are the same and they are horrible. They are really loud. These also tend to run pretty warm compared to the Intel CPU's that I have.
Pros: $79.99, It's really good price to performance ratio. 8 MB cache.
Cons: 125 watts, these can run a bit hot, stock fan is awful.
Summary: After returning the first one because it was DOA (NCIX were nice enough to replace it with a new one) I finally had my computer up and running. This CPU is very good. I have no problems running multiple game clients and I haven't even overclocked it.
Summary: It was part of combo set, paired up with the Sapphire Pure CrossFireX 890GX. plays very nicely with the Board, no problems with install. Put a Corsair Cooling Air Series A50 cooler on it no problems, runs very cool and more than fast enough for my needs. For $100 can't complain. I've built 3 rigs recently with a variaty of amd proseccors for family and friends and all have performed well so far.
Pros: affordable performance, sale price, can be unlocked easily if you want to OC, Matches very nicly with the MB, Quad core