AMD Phenom X4 9600 2.3GHz Socket AM2+

  • AMD Phenom X4 9600 2.3GHz Socket AM2+
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Based on 8 scores, 25 reviews available
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  • Good:
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  • Average:
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  • Bad:
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Pros:

  • Socket AM2+ design enables upgrade path for Athlon X2 users.
  • Inexpensive for a quad-core CPU.
  • Independent memory controller simplifies overclocking.

Cons:

  • Slower performance with comparably priced Intel Core 2 Quad chips.
  • SSE4a multimedia instructions incompatible with Intels SSE4 instructions.

Expert reviews and ratings

By PC Authority on

A smartly engineered processor, but for today’s applications it’s lacking in bang per buck. AMD’s Phenom X4 integrates four cores onto a single die, each having access to both an individual 512KB cache and a shared 2MB L3 cache....

By ImpulseGamer on 89

Joel Williams8.9The battle between AMD and Intel have once again come head to head with both companies launching a plethora of different CPUs in order to dominate the market. A few years ago, the Dual Core CPU was the preferred CPU, however now both...

By itreviews.com on

AMD has priced its new Phenom 9600 to match Intel Core 2 Q6600 but it loses the battle in every respect. The Intel processor has better performance, draws less power and overclocks like a dream, which leaves little reason at this stage to consider...

By Expert Reviews on 60

AMDs first quad-core processor has been a long time in the making, but the Phenom is finally here. AMD is keen to stress that this is the first true quad-core design; Intels Core 2 Quad is essentially two dual-core processors in one package....

By The Tech Report on

Based on what we saw from our Phenom 9600 Black Edition, I wouldnt expect to see astounding overclocks out of these chips—at least not all of them. Of course, overclocking headroom is never a sure thing, and you might have more success than we...

By TechRadar on 70

In simple terms, there are two routes to processor performance. Either crank up the clockspeeds or build an architecture that can crunch lots of instructions in a single clock cycle. Unfortunately for AMD, the new Phenom falls flat on both counts.Not...

By Fudzilla on

We had a chance to play with Phenoms 9600 unlocked Black Edition and it failed to impress us, at least when it comes to overclocking. Back in November, yours truly managed to overclock engineering sample 9900 from 2.4GHz to 2.8 GHZ stable and...

By Tbreak.com on

I recently asked an Intel employee how they felt about AMDs true Quad-Core architecture compared to Intels two dual-cores stuck together. I liked his answer- "Show me the performance improvements or energy efficiency. We will introduce a native Quad...

By Computer Shopper on 63

Though faster in multicore-aware programs than most dual-core chips, AMDs first round of Phenom processors fall behind Intels quad-core...

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 Good Gear Guide on 80

Those of you who already own an AM2-based AMD motherboard can give your PCs some added punch by upgrading to a Phenom 9600 quad-core chip. Sure, its not as fast as an Intel Core 2-based CPU, but its still a very decent product, which also has plenty...

By BeHardware on

December 3, 2007 Launched in September 2003, the Athlon 64 was a true success. AMD had an architecture that was extremely efficient compared to its rival, Intel, whether it was in terms of brute performances or performance / power consumption ratios,...

By ExtremeTech on 50

New BIOS updates cure stability issues, making the M3A32-MVP a solid choice for Phenom users....

By PC Mag on 50

Phenom is finally here, but seems six months late and still a work in...

By Neoseeker on

We wish to thank NCIX for lending us the Phenom 9600 and motherboard we used in this review. Testing the Phenom 9600 has been interesting. The BIOS and CPU-Z agreed on the speed of the processor, but AMDs Overdrive utility showed the "actual" speed...

By PCPer on

I have no doubts that many readers of this review fill find it disappointing that AMDs Phenom processors were not competitive with Intels high-end quad-core processors. Its hard to hide my own disappointment as I personally really wanted AMD to...

By HEXUS.net on

the new Phenom quad-core processor and 7-series chipset pack in some potent technology. Trouble is, Intel got there first. You need to be better than the competition if coming from behind: AMDs new launches arent quite that. HEXUS.awards We reserve...

By The Tech Report on

The Phenom quite obviously isnt a bad CPU design, given the way it performs on a per-clock basis and how its performance scales from one to four threads. In many cases, its enhanced execution cores crank out some solid gains in instructions per clock...

International Review By ExtraHardware on

AMD Phenom neměl fenomenální nástup, ale nyní se jeho ceny dostávají fenomenálně nízko. Čtyřjádrový procesor pod 3000 Kč, to je to, co obyvatele ČR zajímá. V...

International Review By MexHardware on

Sin lugar a duda el phenom X4 9600 es un buen procesador alcanzado en algunas pruebas y susperandolo en otras al C2Q 6600 de intel que seria su competidor mas proximo pero esto solo en stock. AMD nos debe una ves mas un buen OC y lo vemos con...