Definite upgrade for all earlier AM2/AM2processors.
Top choice for building a new AMD DDR2 rig.
Unlocked Black Edition allows unrestricted overclocking*
Excellent real-world quad-core performance.
Lower Power Usage.
Better Gaming Scores.
With the release of AM3, it's a hard decision whether to build AM2or AM3.
A bit pricey.
Needs high voltage to overclock beyond 3.6GHz.
Will not work on AM3 motherboards.
Does not include DDR3 memory support.
Limited to DDR2 Memory.
Clock-for-clock slower than Intel.
Requires BIOS upgrade for existing motherboards.
By ITP.net on March 29, 2010
Although not exactly the best value in this group AMD's Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition has solid overclocking potential....100
By iXBT Labs on September 01, 2009
This article has been written after additional tests of the AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition, the recent flagship from this company. We had already reviewed this processor according to our standard test procedure here and had benchmarked it in the...-
By ThinkComputers on April 27, 2009
Again, the testing results were expected, with good results from the Phenom 9950, better results from the Phenom 940 at stock clock, and the best from the 940 at overclock.As I had hoped and expected, the Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition is a definite...100
By TechTree on March 05, 2009
Pricing With its Phenom processors showing signs of weakness right from the start, the Phenom IIs are a saving grace for AMD and their adopters alike by demonstrating very good performance. Their flagship Black Edition processor is available now for...70
By Benchmark Reviews on February 12, 2009
In the majority of our gaming benchmarks and some of the CPU tests, the 3.0GHz AMD Phenom II X4 940BE either matched or outperformed the 2.66GHz Intel Core i7-920 processor. For many, performance may be defined as a artificial score from a synthetic...90
By ComputerPowerUser on January 16, 2009
Finally, the socket AM2+ Phenom II processors will be forward-compatible with the upcoming AM3 socket and will support both DDR2 and DDR3. This effectively lets users upgrade their systems piecemeal, which is always a nice...60
By Good Gear Guide on January 14, 2009
AMD’s Phenom II is a solid alternative to Intel’s Core 2 Quad range of CPUs. It should definitely be considered if you’re in the market for a speedy yet reasonably priced PC....80
By TechRadar on January 09, 2009
Last month we gave caution a kicking and proclaimed AMDs return from the dead. Our first taste of AMDs new 45nm CPU architecture came with Opteron server sauce and it went down pretty well. Now AMD has served up the main desktop 45nm course in the...80
By Sharky Extreme on January 09, 2009
The Phenom II X4 is really what AMD should have released as the first wave of Phenom processors. It offers enhanced performance and higher overclocks, and at 45nm, it also provides class-leading power consumption numbers. The Phenom II X4 is...85
By Atomic MPC on January 09, 2009
Good fun for overclockers and upgraders, but performance fiends will look for bluer...80