AMD Phenom 2 X4 965 Black Edition 3.4GHz Socket AM3

  • AMD Phenom 2 X4 965 Black Edition 3.4GHz Socket AM3
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Based on 22 scores, 70 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    9
  • Good:
    7
  • Average:
    5
  • Bad:
    1

Pros:

  • Fast stock speed.
  • Good performance.
  • Works with existing AM2+ motherboards.

Cons:

  • Overclocking.
  • High power consumption.

Expert reviews and ratings

By TechSpot on -

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 -

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 -

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 83

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 -

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 -

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 -

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 70

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 -

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 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...

By Rbmods.com on -

Now the cpu performs well at stock speed, it is almost as fast as a Core i7 920. So the question will be how it performs vs the Core i5. Overclocking was horrible in my eyes, I was only able to raise it a few notches, the 955 and 940 overclocked...

By Trusted Reviews on 90

It may come as something of a surprise, being that its Phenom CPUs have been AMDs high-end chips ever since they launched at the start of 2008, but its only with the launch of the Phenom II X4 965 BE that AMD has made its fastest ever CPU....

By FutureLooks on 90

On that bombshell of a conclusion to the overclocking results, one has to wonder where to start with the overall summary of the AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition CPU. I guess we should start with performance, since that’s what people are most...

By Bit-tech.net on 60

While the 965 BE is pretty quick, and certainly gives the once untouchable Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 a run for its money, we still wouldn't want to use it. A TDP of 140W is silly these days, and your cooler will let you know that every time you use...

By PCStats on 94

The quad-core AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition processor is the fastest chip to date for the socket AM3 platform, and quite affordable at $265 CDN ($245 USD, £165 GBP). In terms of performance this 3.4GHz chip is slightly quicker in the...

By TechTree on 70

AMD loves sending us samples of their latest chips, whether good or bad it doesnt matter. The Deneb core proved to be just the break they needed to get back in the game and theyve used that to their full advantage. Today we have their fastest quad...

By Icrontic on -

So where does that put the Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition? In some cases, the Core i7 920 offers vastly more performance than it. The Core i7’s memory scores are around 40 percent higher than what the Phenom II pushes. That said, when it comes to...

By PCPer on -

The Phenom II X4 965 is a logical extension of AMD’s top of the line chips. The extra 200 MHz does come at a price though. While AMD may be having great success in yield and bins for this part, it does run hotter and pulls more power than the...

By Bjorn3D on 90

CPU testing consists of more than just synthetic benchmarks, synthetic benchmarks are good for measuring performance differences between CPUs but it doesnt tell you a lot about real life performance. To that end we drove the Phenom 2 X4 965 BE in...

By The Tech Report on -

So, this is a minor speed grade bump. I hope you werent expecting lightning and thunder. My sense is that AMD has taken a bit of a risk here by introducing a CPU with a 140W TDP at this point in time. They may take flak from some quarters for doing...