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. AMD has tweaked the Phenom II line's manufacturing to deliver minor but consistent speed bumps, all the while driving down prices.
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. In the overclocking tests the 980 managed to score a 200 MHz higher stable clock speed than the earlier editions.
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.
Excerpt: Although much of the scuttlebutt lately has revolved around AMD’s upcoming Llano and Bulldozer-based APUs, the company isn’t done pushing the envelope with their existing processor designs. In case you haven’t noticed, over the last few months AMD has continued to ramp up frequencies on their current bread-and-butter Phenom II processor line-up to the point where they’re now flirting with the 4GHz mark.
Pros: Good Performance, Fastest AMD quad-core To Date, Priced Under $200, Easy Upgrade For AM2+/AM3 Owners
Cons: Can't Compete With Sandy Bridge, The Last Of A Dying Breed?
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. We ran all the benchmarks we could and a few games and the processor held up great, which is great with a 400MHz by default increase.
Conclusion: AMD's Phenom II processors represent solid technology that has stood the test of time, mainly through inveterate price cutting. Now clocked in at 3.7GHz for a quad-core part, the 980 Black Edition represents the pinnacle of the Deneb line, first introduced in February 2009. But AMD and Intel haven't stood still in the two years since the Deneb launch.
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. The 980BE ran cool at stock speeds, and overclocking stayed cool using air cooling.
They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, and no one is trying to here.
Pros: Excellent Performance, Unlocked Multiplier for Easy Maximum Overclocking, AM2+ and AM3 compatibility, Full L2 and L3 Cache, Low Temps Even When Overclocked/Overvolted