|AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE CPU HDZ965FBGIBOX|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Processors|
|Written by Mathew Williams|
|Thursday, 13 August 2009|
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AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE
Back in April, Benchmark Reviews covered the release of AMD's flagship quad-core processor, the Phenom II X4 955 BE. Nearly four months later, we have that opportunity once again. Today, we look at the new king of the mountain over at the AMD, the Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition processor model HDZ965FBGIBOX. Coming in at 3.4GHz, it not only bests the previous flagship model by 200Mhz, but also happens to be the highest clocked CPU on the market. In today's review, we find out just how well that exta clockspeed translates to performance.
Aside from operating frequency, the 3.4GHz Phenom II X4 965 isn't much different than its 3.2GHz counterpart. In fact, our sources at AMD confirm that both chips are binned from the same revision of silicon. That's not necessarily a bad thing, though, as this revision has already proven to be an excellent performer. You can also expect the same architectural benefits, including socket AM2-AM3 compatibility, 8MB total L2 and L3 cache, and a 128-bit DDR2-DDR3 memory controller.
At $245 MSRP, the Phenom II X4 965 BE is also shaping up to be a great value. If you recall, this is actually the same price that the X4 955 BE was introduced at back in April. Thanks to a competitive market, it looks like AMD has had to keep their prices down. We've aslo been told to expect a few bundle deals during launch that should knock the price down even more.
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