Socket AM2+ design enables upgrade path for Athlon X2 users.
Inexpensive for a quad-core CPU.
Independent memory controller simplifies overclocking.
Low-power-usage motherboard chipset
"True" quad-core design handles data efficiently.
Rich feature set and potentially good tweaking capability.
Slower performance with comparably priced Intel Core 2 Quad chips.
SSE4a multimedia instructions incompatible with Intels SSE4 instructions.
Erratum in first chip models slows operations.
Next-gen Intel quad core due out soon could further the performance gap.
By PC Authority on July 29, 2008
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 April 15, 2008
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...89
By itreviews.com on March 19, 2008
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 March 01, 2008
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....60
By The Tech Report on February 12, 2008
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 February 10, 2008
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...70
By Fudzilla on January 18, 2008
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 January 02, 2008
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 January 01, 2008
Though faster in multicore-aware programs than most dual-core chips, AMDs first round of Phenom processors fall behind Intels quad-core...63
By cnet on December 10, 2007
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...60