Unlocked Overclocking for Free.
AM2 Upgrade Path.
Excellent memory management and bandwidth.
True Quad Core Processor.
HyperTransport 3.0 has promise.
Price to performance ratio doesn't cut it.
Performance is currently not what is expected.
By TechSpot on January 23, 2008
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 March 31, 2008
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...70
By Elite Bastards on March 25, 2008
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 March 16, 2008
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....70
By Overclock3D on March 10, 2008
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...63
By Legit Reviews on March 10, 2008
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 March 01, 2008
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...60
By Overclockers Club on February 24, 2008
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 February 13, 2008
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 February 08, 2008
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...80