Reviews and Problems with AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition (HDZ965FBGMBOX / HDZ965FBGIBOX)
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AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4 GHz Socket AM3 Processor Review
15 February 2010
Summary: AMD's 3.4GHz Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition processor represents a slight clock speed increase over the previous forerunner, the quad-core 955 Black Edition, and competes with Intel's existing quad-core family of socket 775 CPUs.
Conclusion: Benchmark Reviews begins each conclusion with a short summary for each area that we rate. The first is performance, which considers how effective the 125W AMD Phenom-II X4-965 processor operated in relation to the closest price-point competition.
Conclusion: Throughout our benchmarks today, the 3.4GHz Phenom II X4 965 consistently topped the charts. Compared to the previous 3.2 GHz X4 955 flagship model, the extra 200 MHz led to an average performance increase of roughly 6%, making it the fastest Phenom II to date.
Pros: Highest clocked processor on the market, AM3 & DDR3 support, Unlocked multiplier, 8MB of total cache, AMD OverDrive 3.0, Excellent price/performance
Summary: On that bombshell of a conclusion to the overclocking results, one has to wonder where to start with the overall summary of the AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition CPU. I guess we should start with performance, since that's what people are most concerned with.
Pros: Currently the fastest AMD CPU to date, Good performance, Low price compared to competition, Unlocked, making overclocking attempts easier
Cons: Not a lot of overclocking headroom left, High TDP = Almost Too Hot to Overclock, Still chasing Phenom II X4 955 in value race