AMD Phenom 2 X3 720 Black Edition 2.8GHz AM2+ / AM3

  • AMD Phenom 2 X3 720 Black Edition 2.8GHz AM2+ / AM3
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Based on 11 scores, 24 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    7
  • Good:
    3
  • Average:
    0
  • Bad:
    1

Pros:

  • AM3 gives capability of using DDR3 memory.
  • Easily attained a 25% overclock.
  • High performance.

Cons:

  • High power consumption on idle/load.
  • Its hard for users to accept an odd number of cores.

Expert reviews and ratings

By ThinkComputers on 100

Of course the GTX 260 coupled with the i7 blew away the Phenom II X3 720 in every gaming test. The X3 720 showed a distinct bottleneck holding back the GTX 260 from its full FPS potential. But again, keep in mind that the i7 system easily costs twice...

By Expert Reviews on 80

Processor manufacturing is a tricky business. Not every processor made is free from defects, and this is particularly true of complex quad-core designs. Fortunately, a single faulty core neednt be fatal. AMD simply disables it and sells the...

By Bit-tech.net on -

For starters, in total CPU overclock, the AMD still lags behind Intel. The Q6600 at 2.4GHz managed an extra 1.1GHz, whereas the E7500 at 2.93GHz overclocked an extra 1.27GHz. In contrast, we could get an extra 900MHz from the 720 Black Edition....

By TechRadar on 90

Could three be the magic number the second time around? If youve been following the online cacophony kicked up by AMDs new Phenom II X3 processor, you might well think so. You may also recall that AMDs triple-core chip is nothing more than a...

By Computeractive on 100

The undoubted star of AMD’s new processor line-up, its low cost and easy overclocking mean it’s the obvious choice if you are thinking about upgrading your current AM2+ setup or building a new AM3-based...

By X-bit Labs on -

I doubt that anyone will argue that all currently produced AMD Phenom II processors boast very attractive price-to-performance ratio. Triple-core representatives of this family, Phenom II X3, are also no exception. They are very interesting solutions...

By TechTree on 90

The Phenom II 940 Black Edition was a breath of fresh air from AMD, as we all know their previous efforts havent been that successful. Besides its great performance, its still an expensive processor with a price tag of 14K, which may be a turnoff...

By OverClock Intelligence Agency on -

I have to say Im impressed with AMDs latest Deneb processor core. It takes me back years ago to the single core Thoroughbred XP and Venice 64 processors that were capable of near gigahertz overclocks. These chips loved voltage and as long as you...

By ComputerPowerUser on 80

Suddenly, triple-core is back on the map. You see, in applications optimized to run only two threads, the Phenom II X3 720’s 2.8GHz clock helps it best all of AMD’s other chips, save the flagship Phenom II X4 940 at 3GHz. Software able to...

By Neoseeker on -

The Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition is an interesting beast. AMD is doing the right thing in targeting the Core 2 Duo with it - and marketing the 720 based on the price/performance - however they were reaching a bit in targeting the E8400. The Phenom...

By Benchmark Reviews on 92

When I said that three cores is better than two, but not quite as good as four, there wasnt enough data to support my claim. But after watching the majority of our benchmarks prefer the Black Edition X3 720 2.8GHz processor over its 2.6GHz quad-core...

By Tom's Hardware UK on -

Running in second place is a strong motivator to do things differently—or even better—than your competition. For AMD, that has meant trying to develop a reputation for smoother, less disruptive platform transitions. When Intel launched Core...

By Guru of 3D on -

You know the more we test Phenom II processors the more we seem to like them. AMD is fighting a stigma though. The one thing that is ghosting through everybodys mind has to be...

By Sharky Extreme on 90

The first wave of 45nm Phenom II processors showed that AMD still has a real chance in the desktop processor market, and that the company finally has a potential Core 2 killer. This latest release does shore up some questions about Socket AM3, and gets...

By Legit Reviews on -

A total of five new AMD Socket AM3 processors have arrived, and with them comes support for DDR3 memory kits at a price tag that won't cause sticker shock. ...

By HardOCP on -

The X3 720 Black Edition looks to be a great enthusiast CPU for those on a budget that are looking for some very solid performance in the gaming arena. Match it up with some inexpensive DDR3-1333, which should be fairly easy to do since AMD’s...

By AMDZone on 97

Some say AMD might have abandoned Socket 939 a little early but we don't think the same case can be made at all for Socket AM2 which is now almost 3 years old but still features the newest 45nm technology which supports DDR3 and will at least...

By Computer Shopper on 82

Intel may still have the performance crown, but AMDs Socket AM3 Phenom II processors offer a compelling combination of compatibility with existing DDR2 memory, DDR3 support, and a price/performance story thats competitive with low- to midrange...

International Review By Nexthardware on -

AMD è sempre stata una delle aziende più attive nel settore dei processori x86, lanciando sul mercato soluzioni innovative e spesso vincenti. Molti dei nostri lettori, ricorderanno la corsa al Ghz vinta proprio da AMD con il suo Athlon K7, il memory...

International Review By ComputerBase on -

Der Markt für Prozessoren boomt seit Wochen. Seitdem auch AMD zu Beginn des Jahres 2009 eine serienreife 45-nm-Fertigung anbietet, wirft das Unternehmen fast jeden Monat mehrere neue Modelle auf den Markt. Diese Frische kommt dem vorher etwas...