|AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition CPU HDZ940XCGIBOX|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Processors|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Wednesday, 11 February 2009|
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AMD Phenom II X4 940BE
Nearly every enthusiast who has overclocked a computer system has wished that processors weren't restricting them from the hobby they love. Even I can still recall the good old days (less than four years ago) before Intel and AMD locked the clock multiplier on their processors and overclocking was a combination of factors and no limited to the stability of a motherboard. Intel believes that their Core i7-965 Extreme Edition (EE) processor series is worth the $1000 price tag, but AMD begs to differ. Literally.
The Dragon platform is AMDs last hope for success in a time when financial ruin is destroying every business on the planet. Perhaps the timing is right then, and consumers won't hastily spend unnecessary cash on an expensive unlocked processor when AMD offers their Black Edition Phenom II X4 940 CPU for just $220. Benchmark Reviews compares the field, and tests the AMD Phenom II X4 940BE HDZ940XCGIBOX against the Intel Core i7-920 BX80601920. One costs almost $100 more than the other, and you would be surprised by what you aren't getting for the extra money.
For the better part of four years, Intel has had virtually no competition in the desktop processor market. Although the AMD Athlon processor ushered in the era of affordable performance computing, the industry would later favor the Intel Core 2 series to be its new savior. AMD has been triumphant, and humbled, all inside of a short blink of time. Perhaps it's time for the underdog to have its day again.
The Intel Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad processors were remarkable products, without question. But the same thing that made them so popular is the performance to price ratio that made the original AMD Athlons an instant consumer favorite. AMD hasn't been able to reproduce that winning formula for a very long time; until the Phenom II processor series launched, code named Dragon.
The Dragon platform is AMDs last hope for success in a time when financial ruin is destroying every business on the planet. The Phenom II X4 940BE, which is based on the AM2+ socket interface is everything that the original Phenom wasn't: a value-packaged high-performance processor that actually works. Add to it the unlocked 'Black Edition' architecture, and the X4 940BE is in a position to strike a major blow to Intel.
Without going into the history of failures surrounding K10, suffice it to say that AMD has not had much luck with launching new architectures lately. As a result, the public has waned in their expectations from the only real competition for Intel products. Perhaps the timing is right then, and consumers won't hastily spend unnecessary cash on a Core i7 processor that performs exactly the same as a much less expensive Phenom II CPU.
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