AMD Phenom X4 9500 2.2GHz Socket AM2+

  • AMD Phenom X4 9500 2.2GHz Socket AM2+
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  • True quad-core design handles data efficiently.
  • Cheaper than competing Intel quad-core chips.


  • Not fast enough to justify the price savings compared to Intel's chips.
  • Next-gen Intel quad-core due out soon could further the performance gap.

Expert reviews and ratings

By GamePlanet on 75

The Phenom has received a lot of bad press lately, but as you can see here its a very worthwhile upgrade for AMD...

By Expert Reviews on 60

To see the results table, click . To see the benchmarks, click . AMD recently launched its first desktop quad-core processor, Phenom. The company has been keen to stress that Phenom is the first true quad-core design on the market, as Intels...

By RegHardware on 75

AMD has clearly priced the Phenom at the same level as the Q6600 and in that respect it misses the mark as the Intel option delivers better performance at standard clock speeds and will overclock like a dream. To add to AMD’s woes, Intel is...

By PC Authority on 67

With its first desktop quad-core processor – arriving after delays of more than a year – AMD has finally abandoned the Athlon brand. The new Phenom range follows the initial launch of the Opteron-branded Barcelona server parts last...

By Phoronix on

When testing the Gigabyte MA790FX-DS5 with an AMD Athlon 64 X2 processor we were pleased with the results. This AMD 790FX motherboard had no Linux compatibility problems, an acceptable level of performance, and a smooth BIOS upgrading process even for...

By on 60

The bottom line is that AMD's Phenom processors are currently too expensive and don't perform well enough to offer serious competition for Intel's quad-core processors. With the low clock speeds, AMD needs applications that make use of...

By PC Pro on 67

A long time coming and only barely worth the wait, Phenom is good but a long way from outstanding. With its first desktop quad-core processor - arriving after delays of more than a year - AMD has finally abandoned the Athlon brand. The new Phenom...

By cnet on 60

AMDs new Phenom quad-core CPU has little to recommend it over competing chips from Intel. The Phenom is marginally less expensive, but not enough to make up for its subpar performance. Unless AMD drops prices more aggressively, it looks like Intel...

By The Tech Report on

So the BIOS-based workaround for the TLB erratum can have quite an effect on performance. How close were the estimates weve heard of a 10% performance drop? Lets summarize our results and consider the percentage differences. No TLB patchTLB...

By Fudzilla on

We had a chance to down clock Phenom 9700 to 2.2GHz and check some scores of the Phenom 9500. We set the multiplier to 11 and checked the 3Dmark06 score. Phenom 2.2GHz will be the lowest priced one around and it will sell for only €169.We scored...

By BCCHardware on 40

Well, these Phenom X4 Quad-Core CPUs have been a long time coming, I remember all the hype as far back as CES in January 2007, AMD has been promoting this new line of CPUs like crazy, but its been a long time since the announcement and the release...