Reviews and Problems with AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition
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Just meets my needs
John H. Newton, Amazon
11 January 2014
Summary: I'd been running a 910 processor and I needed some more processing power, but couldn't afford a new MoBoard plus a processor. The down side is that this puppy is expensive. Even more expensive than the current crop of AMD processors which are way more powerful.
Summary: -I like it for the simple fact that my cpu is higher than 4 GHz
Pros: -3.7 GHz out of the box -Overclocks to 4.2 GHz on air at 1.39 V -CPU-NB Overclocks to 2.8 GHz on air at 1.35V -WEI is at 7.5 -Stock voltage is at 1.26V (compared to 1.35V for 955 3.2 GHz)
Cons: -Still bottlenecks a GTX 580 quite a lot. Games like BF3 and Casus Belli (crysis wars mod) only get between 85-95% GPU usage which really hurts the frame rate -Memory controller still just as weak as Phenom 955. Will not take 12+ GB at 1600mhz for the life of it. This might be contributed by my m...
Summary: I bought this to replace an X4 955 C2 stepping that couldn't OC beyond 3.6 Ghz (not usual for C2 models). To my surprise this one had a stock voltage of 1.44v. Very high. To get to a stable 4.0 Ghz OC I had to apply 1.5v.
Pros: Cool running at stock speeds (30C idle - 45C load with a Xigmatek HDT-S1283 cooler), decent performance, good price.
Cons: Unusually high stock voltage, limited OC headroom, only as fast in gaming as entry level Sandy Bridge CPUs like the i3 2120.
Cons: I came from the Phenom II X4 925 to this 980. The 925 OC'd from 2.8 all the way to 3.6 stable. I was hoping to get this cpu to at least 4.4 but just couldn't do it. No matter what it won't budge past 4.2 stable. Thats not really a con but I had higher expectations. It puts out quite a bit of heat.
Summary: Wasn't able to afford this piece back last May when I first saw it. Not sure when Newegg stopped selling this processor with the heatsink/fan included, but so far I'm not having much fun with the aftermarket unit I bought.
Pros: Brand name, price, clock speed.
Cons: OEM, doesn't come with heatsink/fan anymore.
Summary: I had a AMD 965BE on a MSI K-9Platinum mobo and just like this setup I could never get it to stay stable when really running snappy. I ran it at 4.1G @1.525V and FSB@248 and same memory except at 800Mhz. And it was quicker than the new build,but not as stable.
Pros: Nice and Fast, Easy Install, Installed in a new build in a new MSI 990FXA-GD-80 mobo. Running stable at 4.2G with cpu multi set at 21, 2800FSB@14multi, 2600HT@13 multi,CpuVcore at 1.474, 8G Crucial Ballistix PC1600@1.65V
Cons: Still not fast enough. After spending afew weeks experimenting. I have found this system to be good for most. But I just never could get it snappy and lightning fast. when setting and voltages were up and starting to get to the max where the system would Really fly it would just get to hot (60c) ...