Reviews and Problems with AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black (HDZ970FBGMBOX)
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Jeremy P., Newegg
13 July 2015
Pros: I've had this CPU for almost 5 years now and I couldn't have been happier. It never gave me any issue and has worked flawlessly since I purchased it. The stock cooler served well, with never having any threats of overheating. Amazing CPU!! Well done AMD.
Summary: The only phenom that could outperform this at purchase date, was the X4 980, or the X6's. I wish I would have got the 1100T X6, as you can't find them, but I still love this one.
Pros: I've had this cpu for over 4 years, and love it still. I dont see a need to upgrade for a few more years. It just does what I need it to. It's paired with an Asus 6850 v1, and Samsung 850 Pro 256GB, and they just work very well together. I've bumped it to 3.9 with only a slight voltage increase, ...
Pros: Owned for more then 3 years and still works flawlessly. Been overclocked from day one and it hasn't skipped a beat. By far the best CPU i have ever owned.To bad there out of stock, I was going to buy a second one for another PC. If you can find one, BUY IT.
Summary: as of the date of this post, folks probably aren't pulling this processor off of newegg but buying it used or looking up reviews for a machine that already has one it in. Assuming the hardware is in good shape, there's no reason why you should be reserved about this chip.
Pros: Very reliable processor and a very reasonable price. I've got it installed in my general use / gaming machine and it performs well. I've become pretty casual with my gaming so I can't say I really push it. Under normal browsing / general use circumstances, its nearly silent.
Cons: When gaming, it can get a bit loud but to be fair, I don't have the case or where the case sits very well ventilated. Maybe even poorly ventilated. But hey, its the stock heat sink.
Solid performer for the price, but single-core performance is where the savings is felt.
Jean-Pierre V., Newegg
28 September 2013
Summary: It is a good value but beware of its single-core perfomance which lags far behind Intel CPUs (even some models with slower clockspeed and less cores). This is still a nice option for older rigs with socket AM3 boards though. I upgraded from Athlon X2 250 (3.0GHz).
Pros: Compatible with my motherboard. Not DOA. Inexpensive. IL2 1946 and Lock-On FC2 run smoothly in high detail. I'm still breaking it in but I've been able to overclock it to 4GHz without crashing.
Cons: As others have reported, stock fan does get loud at full throttle so I replaced it with CM 212. Higher power consumption at 125W. Framerates not as smooth in Steel Beasts 3.0 (but my Radeon HD 7850 could possibly be a bottleneck).
Pros: Overclocks extremely well if you know what you're doing. Currently running mine @ 4.0GHz (250x16) on water, only needed 1.42V to do so. It's also actually a quad core, not dual module/quad thread like FX.
Cons: 125W+ if you OC, if you want to hit 4GHz water is a must to stay below the magic 55C DDR3-1600 is OC, but doable with voltage and good RAM Older tech