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.
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: AMD have been focussing on their new products with the likes of Bulldozer and the whole Fusion range as of late but haven’t forgotten about the users wanting more from an already current system.
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.