AMD Phenom II X6 1100T BE Review

Introduction

Introduction



If you're in the market for a new computer this Christmas, there are so many questions to ask. How long will the X58 platform be king for? Should I wait for Intel's Sandy Bridge? Or in this game of Intel vs AMD Roulette, should I place £200+ on green?

In April we had already come to realise that AMD's range topping Hex Core processor could exchange punches with the value for money (and critically acclaimed) Core i7 930. Only once one ignores that AMD need six of their finest cores to fend off Intel's quads, it really becomes clear that these processors are a reasonable alternative to the Core i7. Particularly when you factor in the rising GPU dependency in games and the lower platform acquisition costs of Socket AM3, it suddenly seems as though the Phenom II X6 is holding its own rather well.

There are problems however. Within a month, Intel are due to release a range of new Core i5/i7 processors with higher clock speeds and even more architectural tweaks. Meanwhile AMD's Socket AM3 is set to be axed in favour of AM3+, where you will have to purchase a new motherboard for "Bulldozer" CPU support next year. On the flipside, Phenom II is proven technology and available now for 2010's Christmas season. So many decisions, indeed...

As the name of the review suggests, there is a new king in town. AMD have been kind enough to retain the 1090T and drop its price just shy of £200, leaving space for the new flagship processor. At 3.30GHz, the 1100T only offers a modest improvement over it's displaced sibling but in lieu of the Core i7 950 replacing the 930 in the £225 price range, every additional burst of clock cycle frequency counts.

  AMD Phenom II X6 1075T
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T BE
AMD Phenom II X6 1100T BE
Manufacturing Process 45nm 45nm45nm
Core Frequency
3000MHz 3200MHz3300MHz
Turbo Frequency
3500MHz 3600MHz3700MHz
IMC Frequency
2000MHz 2000MHz2000MHz
Multiplier Unlocked
Downwards Only YesYes
Current Price
~£185 ~£200
Estd. £225


Well lets get this show on the road, shall we?

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Most Recent Comments

07-12-2010, 01:24:12

tinytomlogan
Thought that AMD had ran out of numbers for their Hex Core flagships? Think again...

Continue Reading

07-12-2010, 04:25:24

Stromatolites
Someone hasnt slept tonight I take it, posting this at half six. Must be up with something green....

Like the review mate, shame really that the AMD offering is still trumped by the 950.

07-12-2010, 19:23:31

Delusion77
Im still waiting to see bulldozer(more specifically Zambezi/Orochi due to launch next year) and bobcat(ontario the netbook/tablet APU). those are 2 things from AMD im looking forward to. Competition to the i7 9xx series and Atom combo. Im not really interested in the middle of the range Llano as it is still athlonII based

17-12-2010, 14:30:42

loonyface
I can understand buying an X6 for rendering and stuff, but from what ive heard 6 cores doesn't improve gaming performance because most games are set up for 4 cores?

im probably misinformed.

17-12-2010, 14:47:01

Aurus_OC
Quote:
Originally Posted by loonyface View Post

I can understand buying an X6 for rendering and stuff, but from what ive heard 6 cores doesn't improve gaming performance because most games are set up for 4 cores?

im probably misinformed.
Nope you are totally right

For most newer games even an i3 540 will do the job perfectly fine. It's the GPU that counts most in games. Talking applications that really take advantages of a great CPU, well you have a different story there.
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