Reviews and Problems with AMD Phenom II X6 1090T (HDT90ZFBGRBOX)
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AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition CPU review
25 March 2012
Conclusion: Ever since Intel launched their Core i7 (and later Core i5) CPUs, AMD have been left needing to compete on pricing and the like rather than outright performance - Hardly an unsurprising state of affairs given Intel's traditional dominance of top-notch manufacturing processes and engineering, but it still left a lot of enthusiasts wanting for more, despite AMD succeeding in tempting some with the lure of unlocked multipliers on their Black Edition CPUs.
Summary: The first ever six-core socket AM3 processor from AMD has arrived to directly compete against Intel's robust Core i7 9-series 'Nehalem' chips. Code named 'Thuban', the new 3.2GHz AMD Phenom II X6 1090T processor introduces with it a dynamic overclocking technology called TurboCore.
Conclusion: Loaded with six processing cores, the 3.2-GHz Phenom II X6 1090T is the most powerful consumer processor AMD has ever released, and it's compellingly priced (at just $285). But if you want top-level speed, you'll have to shell out more for an Intel chip—even the 1090T will only take you so far.
Pros: AMD's fastest processor yet. Turbo CORE technology introduces automatic overclocking. Less expensive than Intel's top-tier CPU.
Cons: Considerably less powerful than Intel's high-end CPUs.
Conclusion: 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.
Pros: Six physical processor cores, Introduces AMD Turbo CORE technology, Excellent price-performance ratio, Overlocks to 4.0GHz with 4.3GHz Turbo CORE, Maintains AMD socket AM3 compatability, Outstanding media transcoding or file compression performance, Dominates professional engineering and design tasks, Unlocked clock speed multiplier, Maintains 125W TDP
Cons: Shared L3 cache is the same between four, and six-core units, Utilizes aging 45nm fabrication process
Summary: AMD has a new flagship and it is very impressive to say the least. The Turbo CORE Technology which is built into the processor to monitor the workload and autonomously adjust the processors core speeds of three cores that are under load to a higher clock speed is just unthinkable. Also the release of the new 890FX chipset which includes the performance points of the new six core processor is something to experience to appreciate.
Excerpt: Way back in November of 2007, AMD unveiled all of the components of the "Spider" platform , which consisted of a Phenom processor, 700-series chipset-based motherboard, and Radeon HD 3800 series graphics. A little over a year later, in January of 2009, AMD completed a refresh of their total platform and dubbed it "Dragon".
Pros: Excellent Performance, Good Overclocking Headroom, Good Power Consumption, Compatible with Current AM2+ and AM3 mobos, Competitive Pricing
Cons: Outperformed by Intel Quad-Cores, Lower IPC Per Core Than Intel
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T 6-core Thuban Processor Review
27 April 2010
Excerpt: The original Phenom II redesign (Deneb) on 45 nm gave AMD the product which could match Intel in terms of overall performance with the older Core 2 Quad series of parts. Unfortunately for AMD, the Intel i7 series proved to be far too powerful of an opponent to overtake. The Phenom II has had a good run though, and it has kept AMD as a contender in the CPU field. Now that Intel has fleshed out the rest of its Nehalem family and is slowly phasing out the Core 2...