AMD Phenom 2 X4 965 Black Edition 125W 3.4GHz Socket AM3

  • AMD Phenom 2 X4 965 Black Edition 125W 3.4GHz Socket AM3
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Based on 15 scores, 48 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    6
  • Good:
    7
  • Average:
    2
  • Bad:
    0

Pros:

  • Very Reasonably Priced.
  • Amazing Little Chip.
  • Unlocked Multipliers.

Cons:

  • Uses a lot of power.
  • Hasn't Caught Up To Intel Core i7.

Expert reviews and ratings

By OverclockersQH on -

In the end I found that this is a great chip. Very powerful individual cores, incredibly fast and all round an amazing chip. To just come out of the box at 3.4 GHz and without even blinking an eye to overclock it to 3.8 GHz was impressive, even more...

By PCWorld New Zealand on 75

AMD recently had the honour of claiming the “fastest” desktop quad-core CPU available on the market with the release of the Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition processor. While this creative piece of marketing only refers to the clock speed of...

By DigitalVersus on 80

AMD's Range The Phenom II family was unveiled in January 2009 with the X4 900 series the first to become available. AMD then went on to expand the range with more frequencies and new models.The Athlon X4 900 CPUs are based on the K10 architecture,...

By OverClock Intelligence Agency on -

Minor changes to architecture, improvements in manufacturing that result in better yields, and reductions in operating voltage requirements are all benefits of a processor core revision that keep up demand for current chips while new technology is...

By Metku.net on -

As a conclusion the AMD flagship proved to be a very competent package. The next step will be to see how well it copes against Intel's latest LGA1156 platform, but it sure made short work of the older S775-based quad core Q9450. With the C3 revision...

By Techgage on -

When AMD launched its Phenom II X4 965 "Black Edition", a lot of people questioned the reasons behind it. For the past couple of years, AMD has continually worked at releasing high-clocked parts in order to compete with like-priced Intel processors,...

By Overclock3D on 83

In mid August, we reviewed the original AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition processor. Aside slight updates that have been made to the processor, it is essentially the same and it's performance at default frequencies certainly reflects this. Not a...

By bjorn3d.com on 90

CPU testing consists of more than just synthetic benchmarks, synthetic benchmarks are good for measuring performance differences between CPU's but it doesn't tell you a lot about real life performance. To that end we drove the Phenom 2 X4 965 BE...

By Benchmark Reviews on 93

Benchmark Reviews begins each conclusion with a short summary for each area that we rate. The first is performance, which considers how effective the 125W AMD Phenom II X4 965 processor operated in relation to the closest price-point competition....

By AMDZone on 96

Ultimately this isn't a game changer for Phenom II but it's nice to see AMD continue to make improvements to it's process and less power consumption is always better. Of course it may not be able to compete with the idle power ratings as...

By PCPer on -

The Rev. C3 chips are not the second coming, but they are allowing AMD to be more competitive with Intel from a manufacturing and thermals standpoint. The extra overclocking room should make this popular with enthusiasts, and the price that...

By PCStats on 81

AMD's initial quad-core AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition processor was the fastest chip to date for the socket AM3 platform, and was quite affordable at the release price of $265 CDN (that price has now dropped to $195 as well). The 140W Phenom II...

By Pureoverclock on -

Today's examination of the Phenom II X4 965 was like deja vu all over again: same outward appearance, model, speed, and performance, but different stepping and TDP. Like identical twins, we had to look very carefully to tell the difference; in fact,...

By Neoseeker on -

Clearly, this new revision benefits the consumers. It is awesome that AMD was able to fit the 3.4GHz quad-core in the 125W thermal envelope, as I had wished when I took a look at the first 965. As we have just seen, the power consumption is a big...

By Bit-tech.net on 70

With some obvious and noteworthy improvements to the C3 revision of the Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition, it's now become a slightly more attractive alternative to the strong Intel competition.The vastly improved memory controller overclocking...

By Guru of 3D on -

AMD lately has been flamed a little bit about the high power consumption of their more high-end processors. Quite honestly, everybody in the high-end segment really doesn't care about 15 Watts extra. None the less, it's good to see AMD address...

By Extreme Overclocking on -

There's really no downside to the new Phenom II X4 965 - 125W TDP model. The chip will overclock right around that 4 GHz zone, but it is just luck of the draw and each system setup will have an affect. We've seen numerous times in the past where...

By Tom's Hardware UK on -

It's no secret that AMD has its work cut out for it right now. The company's top-of-the-line flagship Phenom II X4 965 isn't in the same league as Intel's premium Core i7. Even Intel's mid-range Core i5-750 CPU is a powerful...

By Tom's Hardware on -

Taken on its own, the new revision of AMD's Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition isn't particularly notable, but it was never meant to be. Taken in context, however, the chip plays its part in AMD's larger strategy of enabling an upgradable family...

By HotHardware on -

August marked the launch of AMD's current flagship desktop processor, the Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition. Today, we have a fresh revision of this CPU that brings some new features to the table. Unfortunately, these new aspects do not improve stock...