|AMD Phenom-II X6-1100T CPU HDE00ZFBRBOX|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Processors|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Tuesday, 07 December 2010|
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AMD Phenom-II X6-1100T Black Edition CPU Review
While enthusiasts await AMD's next-generation "Bulldozer"-based desktop CPUs, AMD continues to expand their current desktop CPU line, introducing the Phenom II X6-1100T processor. The 6-core Phenom-II X6-1100T takes over the top spot in AMD's CPU line from the 1090T, and does it at a suggested retail price of only $299. The clock speed improvements over the 1090T are minimal: both the standard and Turbo Core speeds increase only 100MHz, to 3.3GHz and 3.7GHz, respectively. Benchmark Reviews tests the new 1100T against a collection of Intel and AMD processors in gaming and computing performance.
Although it's only been a few months since AMD last updated their processor line (bringing us the Phenom-II X6-1075T, among others), AMD has found the time for what's perhaps the last iteration of the Thuban architecture, bringing us the Athlon-II X3-455, the Phenom-II X2-565 Black Edition, and the subject of this review, the Phenom-II X6-1100T Black Edition HDE00ZFBK6DGR CPU. This new 6-core processor takes over the top spot from the X6-1090T Black Edition, increasing the base clock speed from 3.2 to 3.3GHz, and the Turbo Core clock speed from 3.6 to 3.7GHz. These speed tweaks are minor, but at a suggested retail price of only $299, the 1100T might just be one of the best bang-for-the-buck CPU deals today.
Although many have forgotten it now, there was a time when AMD processors handily outperformed their Intel equivalents. AMD was the first company to break the "gigaHertz barrier" back in 2000 (Intel's 1GHz Pentium III shipped a few days later). A few years later, I built a system using the then-new dual-core Athlon 64 X2 processor for encoding video, and it absolutely stomped my existing dual-processor Pentium III-833 system.
But that was then, and this is now, and AMD has ceded the high end processor market to Intel, while working on their position in the low-to-mid end of the market. This has been a boon for enthusiasts, since desktop processors reached the "fast enough" mark some time ago, and money saved on a CPU can be invested in other parts of the system, often with better overall performance results. Paired with AMD's new 800 series chipsets, which offer extra PCI-E lanes for CrossfireX, SATA 6G and USB 3.0 without needing expensive add-ons like the NVIDIA NF-200, AMD's Thuban processors offer the enthusiast a way to build an affordable, yet very powerful and versatile 6-core production or gaming system.
After current manufacturing techniques hit a "megaHertz wall" at about 4GHz a few years ago, both Intel and AMD have concentrated on multi-core CPUs, and it's a rare system these days that's not equipped with at least two cores. As software evolves to take advantage of the performance benefits offered by multiple native threads, we'll see the performance of multi-core systems continue to improve. By driving the cost of 6-core processors downwards, AMD's Phenom-II X6 line keeps the price of these capabilities within reach of the average enthusiast.
Manufacturer: Advanced Micro Devices
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by AMD.