Nearly 700MHz overclock on air cooler.
Works in current AM2and AM3 motherboards.
Very high clocked Quad Core.
Lots of computing power in multithreaded applications.
Compatibility with older chipsets, AM2 socket, and DDR2 memory.
Lacking memory performance.
High power consumption under load.
High end cooler and power supply needed to overclock.
Unlocked multiplier adds little practical value.
Not the best choice for hardcore gamers.
Only a slight speed bump over its predecessor.
Doesnít approach performance of Intelís pricier top-end CPU's.
By DigitalVersus on January 03, 2011
A mid-range quad core that does what's asked of it well. Notably, it's at ease in...80
By iXBT Labs on November 23, 2010
The overall score quite precisely describes processor standings which marketing specialists could have in mind when setting prices. So, formally, we can say that every processor is in its place and is worth buyers' attention. Although, considering...-
By TechRadar on November 17, 2010
By now, we were hoping to able to get our hands on AMD's new Bulldozer archtecture processors, but there's still no sign of them, so instead we back with the familiar Phenom II theme. Give it up for the new AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black...80
By Bit-tech.net on October 14, 2010
Frankly anyone who knows what's what in the tech world knows the story with Intel and AMDs desktop CPUs at the moment. AMD's chips can generally compete at a given price point at stock speeds but fall way behind when any of the overclocking...70
By TechwareLabs on September 22, 2010
It can get incredibly expensive to build your gaming rig. Some times you feel like you are faced with the choice between, performance or value. AMD has set the standard for processor value. Intel does not have a processor that can deliver the...-
By VR-Zone on September 21, 2010
The 45nm Deneb-based AMD Phenom II X4 920 and 940 first hit the market in January 2009. That was followed by the Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition in April 2009, and then the Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition in August 2009. Today, AMD is launching a total...-
By bjorn3d.com on September 21, 2010
AMD's newest flagship quad-core Phenom II, the 970 Black Edition, comes out swinging and performs on par with previous models. A jump from 3.4GHz to 3.5GHz may not seem like much, but when paired up with a decent motherboard, the 970's unlocked...90
By techPowerUp! on September 20, 2010
AMD did not do anything new or extraordinary with their Phenom II X4 970 BE processor. But it didn't do anything bad with it either. Even though it is AMD's highest clocked processor ever to come out to the consumer retail market, the more...87
By PC Pro on September 20, 2010
Costs more than previous models but doesn't deliver a proportionate performance boost...83
By Hi Tech Legion on September 20, 2010
While the Phenom II X4 970 replaces the Phenom II X4 965 as the best quad-core processor from AMD, the Phenom II 965 will not be discontinued and will remain available at a lower price. For several months now, rumors of the upcoming Phenom II X4 970...-