Reviews and Problems with AMD Phenom X3 8750 Black Edition 2.4GHz Socket AM2+
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11 May 2009
Summary: As you have seen on the previous pages of benchmarks, the AMD Phenom X3 8750 perform outstandingly. Compared to Intel’s Core 2 Duo E6600 which is priced at $230, $45 more than the Phenom X3, the performance is outstanding for its price. Being aimed for low cost computing, the phenom X3 teamed up with AMD’s new 780G chipset makes it possible to build a high performance low cost machine.
Excerpt: AMD's triple-core Phenom X3 CPU is a worthy choice for Athlon X2 owners on a tight budget looking for a speed boost, but its strongest competition comes from the quad-core Phenom X4, which isn't much more expensive.
Pros: Grants nice speed boost over Athlon X2 CPUs
Cons: Lags behind Intel Core 2 Duo chips in some tests, Four-core Phenom X4 only slightly more expensive
Conclusion: Performance Summary: Somewhat surprisingly, AMD's new Phenom X3 8750 performed exactly as a triple-core CPU should in our battery of benchmarks. When the chips were first announced, we weren't sure how today's applications would react to a non-symmetrical multi-core processor, but all of the applications we tested behaved normally and simply took advantage of the additional processor resources.
Pros: Good Value, Good Performance, Tri-Core "Just Worked", Solid Overclocker, Ran Cool
Cons: Priced too close to similarly clocked AMD quad-core, Relatively high power consumption
Conclusion: In November 2007, we concluded that AMD's Phenom X4 9600 was no match for Intel's Core 2 Quad Q6600. In April 2008, we concluded that AMD's improved Phenom X4 9850 was no match for Intel's Core 2 Quad Q6600. Today, we're having to conclude that AMD's tri-core Phenom X3 8750 is no match for Intel's Core 2 Quad Q6600, and barely a threat to Intel's Core 2 Duo E8200. That, however, might be a little harsh.
Summary: We'll now show you some tests we have done on overall power consumption of the PC, and the overall power consumption is just fine. Mind you that we are looking at the complete PC power draw from the wall socket, there will always be some subjective factor in this, none the less .. pretty reliable.
Once we stress the 4 CPU cores on the Phenom X4 we peak at 246 Watt, with the triple core based 8750 we see 203 Watt. Actually not bad.
Conclusion: We want to believe. That despite all the troubles besieging AMD, the semiconductor giant can somehow engineer a solution, whatever that it may, out of the renewed iron grip that Intel has once again exerted over the CPU market. We crave for the refreshing competition that AMD brought to the industry so briefly with the K7 and K8. Unfortunately for enthusiasts and all those who believe that competition is necessary to spur innovation, it's not happening yet.
Summary: On the moment of running the tests (mid-October 2008), the retail prices for Phenom X3 8750 start with $172. In our humble opinion, that is a bit too expensive and will not let AMD to overcome the trend of user migration to Core 2 Duo. Dual-core Intel processors for home-based computers are the major competitors to the Phenom X3 product line.
Tri-core CPU isn't going to win over any Intel users
Good Gear Guide.au
20 November 2008
Summary: It's not going to get AMD any new users, but existing AMD platform users might benefit from the extra upgrade option. On its own, the tri-core Phenom X3 8750 is a fast CPU, but when its street price is compared against Intel's Core 2 Quad 6600 CPU, it doesn't look good at all.
Pros: Three cores, AM2+, 2MB L3 cache, integrated memory controller