Reviews and Problems with AMD Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition - HDZ975FBK4DGM (HDZ975FBGMBOX)
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Value for money 8
AMD Phenom-II X4-975 BE CPU HDZ975FBGMBOX
16 April 2011
Conclusion: IMPORTANT : Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete.
Conclusion: To be honest, I think Phenom II X4 975 was a weird release from AMD. Priced around the same as cheapest X6 processors, I can’t really see much point buying this product. It is true, however, that 975 is the fastest X4 processor from AMD – but the performance difference between cheaper 965 is minimal. To make things even worse for AMD, Intel i5-2600K is priced also around the 975 and reading 3rd party reviews clearly show us that i5 is faster processor than 975 is.
Excerpt: Before starting, its important to point out that the 975 Black Edition isn't a high end desktop chip, but more of a mainstream part primarily targeting upgraders. As such, it will go head to head with CPUs such as Intel's recently launched Core i5 2400 or the Lynnfield based Core i5 750, both of them being priced similarly to the 975BE. On AMD's side, its closest priced competitor is the Thuban Phenom II X6 1075T, that is only $5 more expensive than the $195 975 BE.
Pros: - Compatible with existing AM2+ and AM3 motherboards - Competitive price - Adequate performance - Good overclocking capabilities - Acceptable TDP - Unlocked multiplier
Cons: - Daneb architecture close to being pulled out - Small speed increase over 970 BE
AMD Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition 3.6 GHz Socket AM3 Processor Review
22 March 2011
Summary: AMD's Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition is a quad-core, 3.6GHz socket AM3 chip with 6MB of L3 cache and 512KB of L2 cache per core. It's being released in tandem with the AMD Phenom II X4 840 CPU. Both processors are ideally suited to socket AM3 motherboards built around the recent AMD 890FX or 890GX chipsets.
Conclusion: Conclusion This CPU is incredible for the money but is still using old-hat technology in the shape of the Deneb core. It’s fantastic for the likes of a novice PC builder who does not wish to overclock as it gives stellar performance and when factoring in the great overclocking potential (4ghz+) you have a final last hurrah for Deneb.
Conclusion: As for the Phenom
II X6 1100T? It's a great product at a great price and we know from speaking
with game developers that several titles due out this year will make full use of
all 6 cores. If you're in the market for a new CPU then 6 cores is the way to
go (if speed is more important the 975BE may be preferable - and also $100 cheaper).
Summary: The Phenom II x4 975 falls into an interesting category. The Black Series is definitely targeted towards enthusiasts and overclockers. The price tag of $195 means it will be competing with the Sandy Bridge chip that Intel is releasing. The performance doesn’t quite look like it will measure up with Sandy Bridge, but it order to play in that ball park you will need to purchase a new motherboard with a whole new type of socket.
Conclusion: Follwing up the Fall release of the 3.5GHz Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition with a Winter release of the Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition seems like the logical thing for AMD to do. While the 100MHz provides a slight increase in performance over the previous top end Phenom II X4, the approximately $20 price jump may not be worth it to users looking for a new quad-core AMD CPU.