Cheap compared to Intel.
Has overclocking potential.
Phenom II easily beats out Phenom X4 and gives midrange Core 2 Quads a good fight.
Flashing the BIOS is not for everyone.
Not worth switching platforms if you currently have LGA 775.
Doesn't overclock quite as high as the average Intel quad under 24/7 normal condition cooling.
Performance doesn't consistently match Yorkfield.
By TechSpot on January 26, 2009
Now with the potential for some decent overclocking action, the Phenom II X4 processors represent a much better value than the originals ever were. However, it's unfortunate to see that the 20% clock frequency increase didn't make the Phenom II...-
By Rbmods.com on April 04, 2009
We are going to review the Intel Core i7 920 soon which should prove to be quite interesting vs the Phenom 2 processor. It was way faster than the older 9850 BE which shows some improvement. Overclocking wise the processors was about the same but I...-
By Motherboards.org on March 27, 2009
The reality of the economic downturn has affected every facet of our lives including the computer industry. While Intel continues to price their CPUs in the $999 price range with little change but a higher clock speed and higher speed QPI, AMD is...-
By Tech2 on March 04, 2009
AMD plans to launch Phenom II in two phases. In the first phase they plan to launch two quad-core variants in AM2+ package, followed by low-voltage and tri-core variants in AM3 package, which will add support for DDR3.So if you have a motherboard...90
By iXBT Labs on March 03, 2009
Frankly speaking, we had no doubts that the Dragon would demonstrate its competence in modern games, as we had already tested all parts of this platform. What we really like is that new processors show significantly better overclocking results. It...-
By PCWorld New Zealand on February 24, 2009
Almost a year to the day after Intel made the move from a 65nm manufacturing process to 45nm – allowing it to pack more transistors into a piece of silicon and thus ramp up clock speeds – AMD finally joins in the fun. For AMD it’s the same old story...85
By MadShrimps on February 06, 2009
quot;Wohoow ... awesome". Thats my first reaction when AMD published their first overclocking results of the 45nm Phenom II; not only because they showed frequencies way above 6GHz, but mainly because they eliminated the cold bug issue, which...-
By RegHardware on February 02, 2009
AMDs Phenom II is better than Intels Core 2 Quad Q9300 but not a patch on Core i7 and that’s a problem. AMD is playing catch-up with a die-shrink and a move to DDR 3 while Intel is busy changing the world. ® More CPU Reviews... Intel Core i7 VIA...80
By PCQuest on February 01, 2009
When AMD first launched the Phenom line of processors a couple of years ago, it couldnt manage to gain too much attention. It was re-launched the following year in 2008 with a slightly better reception, but not enough to make people switch from...-
By Xtreme CPU on January 31, 2009
We thought it may be interesting to see if both CPUs scaled evenly when overclocked. Not being 100% sure if they would scale equally based on being from different platforms and using a different approach to making use of system memory, we were...-