|AMD Phenom-II X6-1090T Black Edition Processor|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Processors|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 27 April 2010|
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AMD Phenom-II X6-1090T CPU Review
Whether you buy into the brand or not, AMD keeps the desktop and server processor market competitive and affordable. Intel recently released their 'Gulftown' Core i7-980X Extreme Edition desktop processor, which offers 3.33GHz to six unlocked CPU cores to the tune of $1150. For that kind of money, an entire high-end PC can be built using the AMD platform... which now also offers six processor cores and native SATA 6Gb/s connectivity. Enter the AMD Phenom-II X6-1090T Black Edition processor, model HDT90ZFBK6DGR.
AMD's Turbo CORE technology is now available in 'Thuban' Phenom-II AM3 desktop processors, beginning with the 2.8GHz X6-1055T and 3.2GHz X6-1090T CPUs. Turbo CORE senses when three of the six processor cores are not in use, and automatically boosts the clock speed up to 500MHz. Paired with the AMD 890FX chipset found on ASUS' Crosshair-IV Formula ROG motherboard, the AMD Phenom-II X6-1090T Black Edition CPU can reach 4.0GHz on all six cores with an additional 4.3GHz Turbo CORE. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the AMD X6-1090T against the Intel Core i7-920 and i7-890X processors in gaming, computing, and overclocking performance.
The Phenom-II X6-1090T is AMD's fastest and most powerful desktop processor, offering exceptional versatility. AMD has provided six real cores of processing power at 3.2GHz for less than $300. Turbo CORE activates when the CPU finds itself in a condition where three (or more) cores rest idle, which the processor then boosts the active cores up to 3.6GHz (on the 1090T) improving performance on less heavily-threaded workloads. With the launch of their flagship 3.2GHz Phenom-II X6-1090T Black Edition processor with Turbo CORE technology, AMD also announces the 2.8GHz Phenom-II X6-1055T. When either of the Phenom-II X6 CPUs is combined with either the AMD-890GX or new AMD-890FX chipset motherboards and a Radeon HD 5000-series graphics card, this creates the "Leo" platform.
Generally speaking, most users barely tap the potential of their computer system. Applications and video games are usually more affected by clock speed than they are processor cores, and many programs still are single-threaded. But again, this applies to most users. The differences between hardware enthusiasts or power-users and their casual PC user counterparts are acute and to the point that they have little in common with each other. While mainstream users concern themselves with browsing the web and checking email, enthusiasts are constantly looking to push their hardware with powerful overclocking experiments and power users create multiple virtual machine profiles for commercial application.
Although the consumer software industry has been slow to develop applications that can utilize multiple CPU cores and/or threads, there are many commercial programs which handle four or more processor threads very well... and even a few video games. Our benchmarks will determine how important multiple cores are to gaming later in this article, but it goes without question that Virtual-Machine applications receive immediate benefits from the added Hyper-Threading. Some already-popular productivity software titles also utilize multi-threaded processor cores, such as: Adobe Photoshop and Premiere-Pro, AutoDesk Maya and 3DS-Max, Microsoft Excel and Windows Live Movie Maker, Sony Vegas and Acid, and also VirtualDub.
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