AMD Phenom II X4 965 Review

By on August 13, 2009, 12:33 AM
Without any challenge to present at the Core i7 performance level, AMD is trying to pressure Intel in the value segment before their Core i5 CPUs make it to market. The new Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition that we are reviewing today operates at 3.4GHz with a 17x clock multiplier (200Mhz faster than the 955). This new Phenom is based on the same “Deneb” architecture and therefore features 6MB L3 cache, with each core receiving its own dedicated 512KB of L2 cache (2MB total L2 cache).
The Phenom II X4 965 also continues AM3 support and remains backwards compatible with AM2/AM2+ motherboards, meaning that users can pick between DDR2 or DDR3 memory. Read the complete review.

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spikester48661 spikester48661 said:

good job AMD dam good job.

JudaZ said:

yeah, maybe AMD cant fully compete with i7 ... but you sure get a lot of preformance for the small amount of money you pay for an AMD compared to intel.

Keep up the good job AMD

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

This is the fastest proccessor with the exeption of the core i7 line, nice job guys,

I think my new computer will be having one of these =)

fullmetalvegan fullmetalvegan said:

I was going to get one of these new Phenom's... but for long time investment I decided to go with an i7. Good performance for money though. AMD is doing pretty well lately. =]

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Nice review - thanks! Be interesting to see how Intel handles their pricing in the near future.

Guest said:

I agree great Job AMD on the 965BE keeping the pressure on Intel. Competition is good for all of us. I do think that the Q9550 must drop off of that $220 price point. I think $180 is a more reasonable price.

Guest said:

why was 965 compared to i7 940 which is/was much more expensive ?

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

why was 965 compared to i7 940 which is/was much more expensive ?

this review was not a price/performance review, at this point its about if AMD can put out a product that can compete with the I7 line...or the I5 for that matter.

Steve Steve said:

why was 965 compared to i7 940 which is/was much more expensive ?

So you are saying we should have failed to include it?

Guest said:

May i know the current price of amd phenom 2 x4 965 BE and i7 940. does amd phenom 2 has inbuilt graphics card?

Zilpha Zilpha said:

You are about three years too late on this one. Check Newegg for prices.

Route44 Route44, TechSpot Ambassador, said:

And, no the Phenom II does not have on-die graphics.

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