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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

Closer Look: Phenom II X4 965 BE

As I mentioned in the intro, the Phenom II X4 965 BE that we're testing today is based on the same C2 revision of Deneb as the X4 955. So without any changes to the silicon, the X4 965 is simply a higher binned chip capable of running at 3.4 GHz. Fortunately, we have both processors on hand to measure what kind of performance difference to expect. Before we get to the benchmarks, though, let's take a closer look at the chip and recap some of the features of this architecture.

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Despite the screenshot above, AMD's Phenom II X4 965 is a socket AM3 processor. That means full support for DDR3 memory, as well as backward compatibility with DDR2 and AM2+ motherboards. As an X4 part, all four cores of the Deneb die are enabled, as well as 512KB L2 cache per core and the full 6MB L3 shared cache. To reach 3.4GHz, though, it looks like AMD had to increase the voltage to 1.4 volts. In fact, a quick glance back at the specifications reveals a TDP of 140 watts. Given some of the undervolting figures I've seen with the X4 955, though, I have a feeling this chip could run on less. Of course, as a Black Edition model, we're more interested in how well it will overclock. We'll cover this in detail toward the end of this article, but here's a little preview:

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After some tweaking, we were able to get our Phenom II X4 965 up to 3.9GHz, a full 100 MHz higher than we achieved during our X4 955 review. We also increased the CPU-NB to 2.8GHz, which, as you'll see in the overclocking section, helps quite a bit with memory intensive applications.



 

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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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