Reviews and Problems with AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition
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AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Review
4 October 2011
Excerpt: Introduction AMD launched their fastest ever Quad core CPU on May 3rd, 2011. Clocked at 3.7GHz, the Phenom II X4 980 is the current fastest default clock speed AMD has shipped, and as fast as the triple core Turbo mode of AMD's flagship hexa-core Phenom II X6 1100T.
Conclusion: AMD’s last Phenom-branded CPU is a mixed blessing. In effect, it’s the last of a generation of CPUs that enables us to look forward to AMD’s new offerings. However, it also reminds us that AMD is currently lagging far behind Intel, not only in the performance stakes, but also in terms of power...
Conclusion: There isn't really anything ground breaking about the 980. It uses the same Deneb core as the earlier quads we've reviewed, and the performance is exactly what we expected. A bit higher than the previous 3,6 GHz flag ship Phenom X4 975.
Conclusion: There's not a whole lot to say here about the Phenom II X4 980. AMD originally introduced the Phenom II architecture over two years ago to compete with Intel's Core 2 lineup. Intel has since been through one major microarchitecture revision (Sandy Bridge) and Phenom II is beginning to show its age.
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.
Conclusion: to buy or build a new system then performance is on a par with more expensive
Intel processors and it will appeal. More so if you already have a socket AM3
motherboard as an AMD 4 or 6 core processor will slot right in. At under $200 we
highly recommend it.
Summary: The AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition is listed at being 100MHz faster than the AMD Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition from the factory, but with our latest BIOS and benchmark rig setup, we saw a minimum of 4.01GHz with the BIOS set to AUTO.
AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Processor Review
Hi Tech Legion
3 May 2011
Summary: At a price point of $185.00, the AMD Phenom II X4 980BE falls into the Mainstream category for CPU processors.
Performance of the AMD Phenom II X4 980BE was excellent all around. Stock speeds produced very good performance, and overclocking the CPU pushed performance beyond what was expected.
Pros: Excellent Performance, Unlocked Multiplier for Easy Maximum Overclocking, AM2+ and AM3 compatibility, Full L2 and L3 Cache, Low Temps Even When Overclocked/Overvolted
Conclusion: The speed bump on today’s launch of the Phenom II X4 980BE does not change anything for AMD. The processor is still not able compete against Intel Sandy Bridge processors like the Core i5 2500K priced at the same bracket. It will not convert any Intel users to AMD systems.
Pros: Good overclocking potential, Good performance, Good upgrade path for current AMD owners
Cons: Performance lags behind the competitor in heavy threaded applications, High power consumption when overclocked