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Written by Mathew Williams   
Thursday, 13 August 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE CPU HDZ965FBGIBOX
Features and Specifications
Closer Look: Phenom II X4 965 BE
Testing and Results
EVEREST Benchmark Tests
Passmark PerformanceTest
PCMark05 Benchmark Tests
Crysis Gaming
Devil May Cry 4 Gaming
SPECperfview CATIA Tests
Overclock Results
Catalyst 9.8 Results
Final Thoughts

Phenom II X4 965 BE Features

The industry's first true Quad core x86 processor

  • True quad-core and triple-core designed from the ground up for better communication between cores.
    • Benefit: Cores can communicate on die rather than on package for better performance

AMD64 with Direct Connect Architecture

  • Helps improve system performance and efficiency by directly connecting the processors, the memory controller, and the I/O to the CPU.
  • Designed to enable simultaneous 32- and 64-bit computing
  • Integrated Memory Controller
    • Benefits: Increases application performance by dramatically reducing memory latency
    • Scales memory bandwidth and performance to match compute needs
    • HyperTransportTM Technology provides up to 16.0GB/s peak bandwidth per processor-reducing I/O bottlenecks
    • Up to 37GB/s total delivered processor-to-system bandwidth (HyperTransport bus + memory bus)

AMD Balanced Smart Cache

  • Shared L3 cache (either 6MB or 4MB)
  • 512K L2 cache per core
    • Benefit: Shortened access times to the highly accessed data for better performance.

AMD Wide Floating Point Accelerator

  • 128-bit floating point unit (FPU)
  • High performance (128bit internal data path) floating point unit per core.
    • Benefit: Larger data paths and quicker floating point calculations for better performance.

HyperTransportTM Technology

  • One 16-bit link at up to 4000MT/s
  • Up to 8.0GB/s HyperTransportTM I/O bandwidth; Up to 16GB/s in HyperTransport Generation 3.0 mode
  • Up to 37GB/s total delivered processor-to-system bandwidth (HyperTransport bus + memory bus)
    • Benefit: Quick access times to system I/O for better performance.

Integrated DRAM Controller with AMD Memory Optimizer Technology

  • A high-bandwidth, low-latency integrated memory controller
  • Supports PC2-8500 (DDR2-1066); PC2-6400 (DDR2-800), PC2-5300 (DDR2-667), PC2-4200 (DDR2-533) or PC2-3200 (DDR2-400) SDRAM unbuffered DIMMs - AM2+
  • Support for unregistered DIMMs up to PC2 8500(DDR2-1066MHz) and PC3 10600 (DDR3-1333MHz) - AM3
  • Up to 17.1GB/s memory bandwidth for DDR2 and up to 21GB/s memory bandwidth for DDR3
    • Benefit: Quick access to system memory for better performance.

AMD VirtualizationTM (AMD-VTM) Technology With Rapid Virtualization Indexing

  • Silicon feature-set enhancements designed to improve the performance, reliability, and security of existing and future virtualization environments by allowing virtualized applications with direct and rapid access to their allocated memory.
    • Benefit: Helps virtualization software to run more securely and efficiently enabling a better experience when dealing with virtual systems

AMD PowerNow!TM Technology (Cool'n'QuietTM Technology)

  • Enhanced power management features which automatically and instantaneously adjusts performance states and features based on processor performance requirements
  • For quieter operation and reduced power requirements
    • Benefit: Enables cooler and quieter platform designs by providing extremely efficient performance and energy usage.

AMD CoolCoreTM Technology

  • Reduces processor energy consumption by turning off unused parts of the processor. For example, the memory controller can turn off the write logic when reading from memory, helping reduce system power.
  • Works automatically without the need for drivers or BIOS enablement.
  • Power can be switched on or off within a single clock cycle, saving energy with no impact to performance.
    • Benefit: Helps users get more efficient performance by dynamically activating or turning off parts of the processor.

Dual Dynamic Power ManagementTM

  • Enables more granular power management capabilities to reduce processor energy consumption.
  • Separate power planes for cores and memory controller, for optimum power consumption and performance, creating more opportunities for power savings within the cores and memory controller.
    • Benefit: Helps improve platform efficiency by providing on demand memory performance while still allowing for decreased system power consumption

HDZ965FBGIBOX Specificationsamd_phenom_II_x4_955_logo.jpg

  • Core Frequency: 3.4GHz
  • TRAY OPN# HDZ965FBK4DGI
  • PIB OPN# HDZ965FBGIBOX
  • L1 Cache Sizes: 64K of L1 instruction and 64K of L1 data cache per core (512KB total L1 per processor)
  • L2 Cache Sizes: 512KB of L2 data cache per core (2MB total L2 per processor)
  • L3 Cache Size: 6MB (shared)
  • Total Cache (L2+L3): 8MB
  • Memory Controller Type: Integrated 128-bit wide memory controller *
  • Memory Controller Speed: Up to 2.0GHz with Dual Dynamic Power Management
  • Types of Memory Supported: Unregistered DIMMs up to PC2-8500 (DDR2-1066MHz) -AND- PC3-10600 (DDR3-1333MHz)
  • HyperTransport 3.0 Specification: One 16-bit/16-bit link @ up to 4.0GHz full duplex (2.0GHz x2)
  • Total Processor-to-System Bandwidth: Up to 37.3GB/s total bandwidth [Up to 21.3 GB/s memory bandwidth (DDR3-1333) + 16.0GB/s (HT3)]
  • Up to 33.1GB/s total bandwidth [Up to 17.1 GB/s memory bandwidth (DDR2-1066) + 16.0GB/s (HT3)]
  • Packaging: Socket AM3 938-pin organic micro pin grid array (micro-PGA)
  • Fab location: GLOBALFOUNDARIES Fab 1 module 1 in Dresden, Germany (formerly AMD Fab 36)
  • Process Technology: 45-nanometer DSL SOI (silicon-on-insulator) technology
  • Approximate Die Size: 258 mm2
  • Approximate Transistor count: ~ 758 million
  • Max Temp: 65 Celsius
  • Nominal Voltage: 0.825-1.425V
  • Max TDP: 140 Watts
  • MSRP: $245 (US)



 

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# speed comparisonRosale B. Devocion, Jr. 2010-03-07 19:37
Hi There!

I would like to ask from you guys if which is better AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE or Intel® Core? i7-920. I am planning to assemble such high speed processors but I am confused about these two products.
Please send me your reply to my email which I provided.

Thanks & More Power,

R. Devocion, Jr.
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# Hello sirkevin 2010-03-14 03:30
sir, if you want performance, go for Core i7 920 though. It much faster than Phenomm II x4 965. but the phenom is much cheaper than core i7.
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# RE: AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE CPU HDZ965FBGIBOXShimada 2010-03-29 16:32
kevin, Are you sure man?
Phenom IIx4 965 in some aspects is better than Corei7 920,and core 2 Quad Q9650.
take a look at this processors comparison:
##anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=3619

Phenom II 965 is cheap and with a very good performance.
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# over allTicojon 2011-05-23 10:07
Over all passmark rates both the i7 920 and Q9650 higher than the Phenom965 BE but they're comparable. Q9650 very comparable, i7 920 less comparable...however pricewise there's no comparison. Phenom 965BE is WAY less expensive! Phenom 965BE is a quadcore after all.
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# Maxfeild Park Children's HomeIsaiah Simms 2012-04-02 08:49
sir, if you want performance, go for Core i7 920 though. It much faster than Phenomm II x4 965. but the phenom is much cheaper than core i7.
Phenom IIx4 965 in some aspects is better than Corei7 920,and core 2 Quad Q9650.
take a look at this processors comparison:
##anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=3619

Phenom II 965 is cheap and with a very good performance.
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