|AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE AM3 Processor|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Processors|
|Written by Mathew WIlliams|
|Thursday, 23 April 2009|
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AMD Phenom II X4 955BE
Following their success in the Athlon 64 era, many were surprised to the see AMD struggle with the Phenom family of processors. With the launch of the Phenom II and Dragon platform, however, AMD has made a dramatic comeback. Today, Benchmark Reviews takes a look at the latest addition to the Phenom II family, the X4 955 Black Edition. With full AM3 support and an impressive 3.2 GHz clockspeed, the X4 955 Black Edition HDZ955FBGIBOX clearly takes the lead as AMD's newest flagship processor. In today's review, we'll take a closer look at this new chip and find out how it stacks up against the competition.
The launch of the Phenom II X4 955BE also marks a complete refresh of the AMD Dragon Platform. The newly released Radeon HD 4890, AM3 790 series motherboards, and this new processor combine to form a complete desktop solution. Tying all of these components together is a new software solution that also launches today: AMD OverDrive 3.0. The updated OverDrive utility now comes with a new Black Edition Memory Profile feature that allows AM3 processors to fully benefit from the enhanced bandwidth of high-end DDR3 modules.
The updated Dragon Platform certainly sounds appealing and that's exactly what AMD is counting on. The problems that plagued the original Phenom took their toll and AMD needs to do everything possible to get back in the game. For the consumer, this is great news as AMD has and continues to offer an extremely good price to performance ratio on all of their products. As the benchmarks throughout this review demonstrate, the Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition continues this trend. The unlocked multiplier further adds to this value and makes overclocking a breeze.
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