AMD Phenom 9600 Black Edition Quad Core CPU
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 price as well as dominating in performance it's tough for AMD to make a mark. The Phenom Black Edition is a special edition unlocked multiplier CPU, but in all honesty this doesn't make the slightest bit of difference when overclocking so it's almost a moot point. Gone are the days when the FX series offered hardcore overclockers real unlocked overclocking potential.
Priced at around £150
, the Phenom's are competing with the Q6600 in real monetary terms, not good for AMD.
I will say that those of you with AM2 boards need look no further, drop a Phenom into the system and you'll be smiling at the performance increase. However, for those building a new system we can't rightly say "go and buy it" - rather that you should probably look at a Q6600 which seem to do 3.6GHz all day long on low volts.
I hope AMD build on the Phenom and tweak and improve and release a non-bugged, improved B3 stepping Phenom that really gives us something to be hopeful about.
Of course, I haven't even mentioned Nehalem yet....
+ Excellent upgrade path for socket AM2 users
+ Fantastic bandwidth
* Gaming performance not too bad
* Multi-tasking is responsive
- Loses out badly to Intel on performance
- Awful overclocking potential
- Needs a price drop
Thanks to AMD
for the review sample
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