AMD Phenom 2 X4 980 Black Edition 3.7GHz Socket AM3

  • AMD Phenom 2 X4 980 Black Edition 3.7GHz Socket AM3
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Based on 20 scores, 63 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    4
  • Good:
    7
  • Average:
    3
  • Bad:
    6

Pros:

  • Decent performance.
  • Good price.
  • Multiplier unlocked.

Cons:

  • Limited overclocking with our sample.
  • A bit on the expensive side.

Expert reviews and ratings

By Tom's Hardware on

Now that Piledriver-based CPUs and APUs are widely available (and the FX-8350 is selling for less than $200), it's a great time to compare value-oriented chips in our favorite titles. We're also breaking out a test that conveys the latency between...

By Tom's Hardware on

Benchmarking 86 CPUs takes a while. After long last, though, we have 51 models from AMD and 35 from Intel tested in our current suite. If you want to know how your processor sizes up to its competition, you'll find plenty of comparison data inside! 86...

By iXBT Labs on

This time we'd like to offer you the summarized test results of as many as 71 processors. This generally marks the end of the year, not the end of another test method's life cycle (like the last time). We believe this summary contains all important...

By Bit-tech.net on 63

AMD’s last Phenom-branded CPU is a mixed blessing. In effect, it’s the last of a generation ofCPUs that enables us to look forward to AMD’s new offerings. However, it also reminds us that AMD is currently lagging far behind Intel, not only in the...

By DigitalVersus on 60

The AMD Phenom II X4 980 is a mid-range CPU that does its job well. It's particularly good for...

By TechRadar on 80

While Intel has the performance end of the CPU market sewn up, AMD has been looking out for the little guy, focussing squarely on the mainstream market and cheap chips with competitive processing chops. The Sandy Bridge family might be your go-to guys...

By Rbmods.com on

This CPU is here to replace the 975BE CPU that has dropped down a notch in price and performance. To cover this specific price range they have decided to release this CPU. For 150$ you get quite a bit of performance BUT it doesn’t overclock much, at...

By Metku.net on

There isn't really anything ground breaking about the 980. It uses the same Deneb core as the earlier quads we've reviewed, and the performance is exactly what we expected. A bit higher than the previous 3,6 GHz flag ship Phenom X4 975. In the...

By techPowerUp! on 84

And yet again, AMD has served us a Deneb based Phenom II X4 processor, with just another 100 MHz speed bump over its predecessor. No new technology implementations like Turbo Core, no significant performance increases, in fact, Phenom II X4 980 Black...

By Kitguru.net on 65

AMD fans should opt for a Phenom II X6 AMD processor, or wait on...

By HEXUS.net on 50

AMD's Phenom II processors represent solid technology that has stood the test of time, mainly through inveterate price cutting. Now clocked in at 3.7GHz for a quad-core part, the 980 Black Edition represents the pinnacle of the Deneb line, first...

By Pureoverclock on

The Phenom II 980 is AMD's last gasp for Deneb. AMD has not let us down with this release but if you are looking for Sandybridge performance, you are looking in the wrong direction. If you are looking for top notch performance, perhaps you may want to...

By bjorn3d.com on 75

The speed bump on today’s launch of the Phenom II X4 980BE does not change anything for AMD. The processor is still not able compete against Intel Sandy Bridge processors like the Core i5 2500K priced at the same bracket. It will not convert any...

By HardwareHeaven on 90

It is fair to say that AMDs latest Phenom 2 X4 CPU presents us with no real surprises. It follows their trend of releasing new models at an existing price point and so offers consumers higher performance than the older 975 Black Edition for the same...

By Neoseeker on

Now that Sandy Bridge is here, it continues to be tough to recommend the top-end Phenom II processors. For the approximately the same price as the Phenom II X4 980, one can get the Core i5-2500 or 2400. These offer better performance in nearly every...

By Hi Tech Legion on

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, and no one is trying to here. The Phenom II X4 980BE is a speed bump in a very stable and successful existing platform. There is no new technology incorporated, just more speed…..and there is never...

By PCPer on

The Phenom II has had a long and active life for AMD. It is hard to believe that it was over two years ago that the first Phenom II X4 940 came rolling off the lines. Since then we have seen the clockspeed go from 3.0 GHz to 3.7 GHz. In this day...

By Benchmark Reviews on 83

IMPORTANT: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to...

By Legion Hardware on

The new AMD Phenom II X4 980 processor is pushing the “Deneb” architecture even closer to its limits, with a standard operating frequency of 3.7GHz. Of course while it is nice to see AMD pushing their processors even further, essentially what we have...

By AnandTech on

AMD has hardly kept quiet on the CPU front these past several months. At the beginning of the year AMD put the nail in Atom's netbook coffin with the Brazos platform, and last month it announced the first shipments of Llano APUs to OEMs. Expect an...