AMD Phenom X4 9600 Black Edition 2.3GHz Socket AM2

  • AMD Phenom X4 9600 Black Edition 2.3GHz Socket AM2
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Based on 10 scores, 21 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    0
  • Good:
    1
  • Average:
    4
  • Bad:
    5

Pros:

  • Unlocked Overclocking for Free.
  • AM2 Upgrade Path.
  • Low Price.

Cons:

  • Price to performance ratio doesn't cut it.
  • Performance is currently not what is expected.

Expert reviews and ratings

By TechSpot on

While initial reports might have scared many away from the Phenom, in reality it's not that bad at all. While it is hard to make a one-sided conclusion about the Phenom's performance, as we just saw the results can greatly vary depending on the...

By FutureLooks on 70

At the beginning of this review I said something about AMD being the scrappy underdog in the CPU market. Well the effort put into the Phenom 9600 Black Edition has definitely shown they aren’t going away, and are continuing the fight. Those...

By Elite Bastards on

If nothing else, its actually quite a relief to be able to finally review a Phenom processor at all - After all those delays, followed by difficulties for reviewers to get hold of much in the way of samples, it almost seemed like they would never...

By FiringSquad on 70

When AMD “launched” its quad-core Phenom toward the end of last year, our very own Brandon Bell was there to weigh in. And if you’ve read that story, you already know he was not at all impressed with AMD’s market readiness....

By Overclock3D on 63

AMD Phenom is a good attempt at making a Quad Core CPU and had it been out before Intel brought out their Quads perhaps we would have seen a high takeup of those CPU's. However, in the current climate, armed with Intel Core 2 Quads that compete in...

By Legit Reviews on

We had high hopes for this CPU, but it really let us down. You can buy one, and you MAY get a better chip than we did... but then again, you may not!...

By Trusted Reviews on 60

You may or may not have noticed that weve yet to dedicate a review to AMDs Phenom CPUs. This is for a number of reasons but mainly the lacklustre performance of the first batch of CPUs combined with the fact that our initial samples werent...

By Overclockers Club on

The AMD Phenom 9600 Black Box Edition is definitely not a processor that does well when overclocked. From BSODs to BIOS corruption when trying to overclock, you might be missing some hair since you’ll be pulling it out wondering what you are doing...

By TechwareLabs on

The Phenom offers consumers an easy entry into the world of quad core computing at a low price and with a clear upgrade path. AMDs offering may be hindered by the fact that Intel offers a comparable processor the Q6600 at a very competitive price...

By Sharky Extreme on 80

Overall, the Phenom 9600 Black Edition is a very attractive product for those seeking an AMD processor. At a default 2.3 GHz clock, it already matches the fastest Phenom quad core on the market, and with a potential 2.6 GHz overclock, the Phenom 9600...

By Neoseeker on

I was not expecting miracles from the Phenom 9600 Black Edition - I did not expect it to be as great an overclocker as the Athlon X2 5000+ Black Edition as that chip is a mature product. I was very interested in finding out how badly the microcode...

By Tom's Hardware on

AMD fans that want to overclock their processors can rejoice at news that the CPU maker is offering a Black Edition of its current fastest quad-core...

By X-bit Labs on

Despite the poor results of the new Phenom 9600 Black Edition processor in the end of our discussion, we didn’t intend to once again point out all the drawbacks of AMD’s quad-core solutions. It is not our fault that Phenom 9600 loses to Core...

By ComputerPowerUser on 70

Socket AM2+; Clock speed: 2.3GHz; HyperTransport Link: 3.6GHz; Cache: 2MB L3 (shared), 2MB L2 (512K per core), 512K L1 (128K per core); 65nm process AMD’s line of native quad-core Phenom processors left many enthusiasts feeling a bit flat upon...

By Bit-tech.net on 60

Its clear that the extra north bridge frequency does have some effect but generally not a lot - certainly nothing noticeable unless you spend your life encoding x264 content. Its a real shame that both our Black Edition Phenom 9600 processors didnt...

By Bjorn3D on 70

This review has been interesting to say the least as weve put in quite a few hours, mainly in testing. As with any review as you move through the process you think of things that would make the review better or come across information about the...

By PCPer on

sums things up pretty well but I will add that there is apparently a large swing in terms of overclockable parts out there. As I already told you, HardOCP was able to get 3.0 GHz out of their 9600 Black Edition, but most of the other overclocking...

International Review By PC for Alla Extreme on 63

AMD:s Phenomfamilj kompletteras nu med 9600 Black Edition, som är avsedd för den som vill överklocka sin processor. Men trots den extra farten får AMD se sig slagna av Intel i vårt test. Phenom är en ny processorfamilj...

International Review By Todoreviews on

Este es el principio del fin de esta peculiar Review-presentación de la arquitectura Phenom, en general, y del 9600 Black Edition, en particular. Hemos querido enfocarla así porque a estas alturas no bastaba quizás centrarse...

International Review By IDG.no on 33

AMD Phenom 9600 Black Edition koster cirka 1 900 kroner inklusive mva. Dette er såvidt dyrere enn Intels Core 2 Quad Q6600, som i utgangspunktet leverer litt bedre ytelse. Denne prosessoren blir nå erstattet av Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 som per i dag...