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Fast stock speed.
Works with existing AM2+ motherboards.
Responds Well To Advanced Cooling Methods.
Uses both DDR2 or DDR3 RAM.
8MB of total cache.
AMD OverDrive 3.0.
High power consumption.
Hasn't Caught Up To Intel Core i7
Lacks the performance of high-end Intel parts.
Only a minor speed bump over previous-fastest Phenom II.
By TechSpot on September 11, 2009
Looking back, quad-core processors have had quite the run already. Intel's first quad-core CPU, the Core 2 Extreme QX6700 was released almost three years ago, with the much more popular Q6600 following up months later at a rather steep $850. As you...
By TechSpot on August 13, 2009
There were no surprises with the Phenom II X4 965 as it's identical to the 955 we tested months ago. The extra 200MHz were good for a small performance bump, widening the gap between AMD's flagship CPU and a comparatively priced Core 2 Quad...
By The Inquirer on November 03, 2009
The arrival of less expensive socket LGA1156 Intel Core i5 and i7 chips changed that a bit. They are cheaper, but slightly slower than the top level Intel 975XE CPU. The system cost is also about on a par with the AMD top CPU bins. Yet, trying to put...
By PC Authority on October 13, 2009
While Intel is rolling out new designs, AMD's focus is on getting the most out of its existing Phenom II process. The AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black edition is just what the doctor ordered....
By InsideHW on September 27, 2009
AMD Phenom II X4 965 is CPU that does not operate at its limits as it was the case few years ago with 3200MHz X2 6400+ model. AMD Phenom II X4 965 has very nice overclock margin and potentials which resulted in very good price/performance ratio...
By PCWizKid's Tech Talk on September 26, 2009
One thing I noticed with the Phenom II X4 965, it does get hot fast if you overclock or run it at 100% constantly compared to other lower wattage CPUs from AMD. Just make sure you have a CPU Cooler that is rated to handle a 140Watt CPU or higher...
By itreviews.com on September 15, 2009
A powerful new flagship processor that finally puts AMD into the lead at mainstream price points. Intels Core i7 is still comfortably the performance king, but for an upgradable and stable performance platform Phenom II is now the way to go; at...
By ComputerPowerUser on September 10, 2009
AMD has a new flagship desktop CPU in its lineup, the Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition. As its name suggests, this chip is virtually identical to the 955 BE it supplants at the top of the Phenom II food chain, save for a couple of noteworthy attributes....
By Pureoverclock on September 09, 2009
Computer enthusiasts are an interesting breed, and those who call themselves overclockers are an even more fascinating group. Our pursuit for speed and performance isnt just an idle curiousity; for some its akin to a quest. Face it, performance is...
By BeHardware on September 05, 2009
September 5, 2009 While Intel’s Socket 775 platform has not developed in terms of performances for more than a year and a half (the QX9770 dates from November 2007!), AMD continues, bit by bit, to catch up on the Core 2 Quads, developing first its...
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