|AMD Phenom-II X6-1100T CPU HDE00ZFBRBOX|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Processors|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Tuesday, 07 December 2010|
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Benchmark tests should always be taken with a grain of salt. It's difficult to try and isolate the performance difference a single component in a computer system makes, especially when it's necessary to compare across different manufacturers and platforms. Complicating the matter is the fact that benchmarks change, a manufacturer may change the technical details of a product, and the retail price may change as well. So please use this review as just one piece of information, and do your research before making a buying decision.
Considered on its own, the AMD Phenom II X6 1100T is an incredible processor. A 3.3GHz, six-core processor for $269.99 showcases how far the price-performance ratio has come in just the last year. The problem is, the 1100T can't be considered on its own because of AMD's own 1075T and 1090T. These three processors are identical (except for the multiplier and the fact that the 1075T is not a "black edition"), their stock performance is very close (less than a 10% difference, on average, between the 1075T and the 1100T) and they all overclock to 4.0-4.1GHz with good cooling. The $100 extra you'd pay for an 1100T over a 1075T can mean the difference between a Radeon 5830 and a Radeon 5870, and with that upgrade you'll see a bigger improvement in your gaming experience.
The only reason I can't give this processor a golden tachometer is because AMD's other Thuban processors are just as good, and cheaper.
There are still reasons you might want to "go Intel": perhaps you need the incredible performance of the AES-NI features of their latest CPUs, or you want to run an NVIDIA SLI setup (which, due to some weird political wrangling between AMD and NVIDIA, you cannot do with current AMD-chipset motherboards). Intel continues to reign at the highest performance levels, but if you need or want hexacore goodness at a price you can actually afford, then an AMD Phenom-II X6 CPU is your baby.
+ True 6-physical-core processor
- Cheaper Thuban CPUs are just as fast with a little tweaking
Final Score: 8.75 out of 10.
Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.
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