|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 Conclusion
Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete. Please do not base any purchase solely on our conclusion, as it represents our product rating for the sample received which may differ from retail versions. Benchmark Reviews begins our conclusion with a short summary for each of the areas that we rate.
Benchmark Reviews begins our conclusion with a short summary for each of the areas that we rate. The first is performance, which considers how effective the AMD Phenom-II X6-1090T processor performance in operations against similar desktop CPU products. The first challenge is properly defining the competition, which by merit of price would be Intel's Core i7-920 processor, or could be the Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition CPU if you want to match the physical core count. If we base the competition by price (assuming AMD's assertion of a sub-$300 MSRP is legitimate), the Phenom-II X6-1090T is the hands-down winner on all fronts, as it beats the i7-920 in nearly all performance measures while also offering an unmatched price-performance ratio over the expensive i7-980X.
Aside from encryption scores, which shot Intel's i7-980X off the charts, AMD's X6-1090T delivered impressive results. The Music tests in PCMark Vantage certainly lend proof to at least one area of dominance, while the TV and Movies tests showed us that the X6-1090T could match performance with the 980X... and cost nearly $840 less. Gaming performance was moot, since most critics would agree that 1 FPS of difference is barely enough measure, and not enough to notice. In terms of real-world professional design application performance, nearly all 4-thread SPECviewperf benchmarks agreed that AMD made the best processor for their tasks.
In consideration of construction, we consider that Turbo CORE technology was added onto the existing Phenom-II architectural design, and another two CPU cores were stuffed onto the 45nm die. While a move to 32nm would have made for the perfect story, AMD still managed to offer some above and beyond 'more cores'. The one self-evident truth to AMD's quality is in the ability to overclock, which allowed enough headroom to easily dial speeds beyond 4.0 GHz without adjusting voltages. Keeping the entire package within the same 125W TDP that their quad-core series shares is impressive, especially when you consider how they both operate at similar speeds.
As of 06 December 2010, the AMD Phenom-II X6-1090T retail processor kit (HDT90ZFBK6DGR) is available at all major online retailers. Amazon and NewEgg both stock this 3.2GHz Black Edition six-core CPU for $229. Alternatively, the six-core 2.8GHz Phenom-II X6-1055T sells for $179. PC hardware enthusiasts should compare their multi-threaded needs before they buy, since the 3.4GHz Black Edition X4-965 is still available for $186.
After review of our test results, it's difficult to ignore how well the 3.2GHz six-core AMD Phenom-II X6-1090T has done in comparison to Intel counterparts. Equally impressive is how well the 3.4GHz quad-core AMD X4-965 kept up, and confirmed the power contained within AMD's Phenom-II architecture. The X6-1090T may not have always placed first in every benchmark we tested, but it occasionally offered unrivaled performance and generally finished at the top. For a product that sells for only $309.99at the time of launch, this is an impressive feat. Benchmark Reviews recommends the AMD Phenom-II X6-1090T Black Edition processor for any multi-threaded application that benefits from six physical CPU cores, especially professional design and engineering tools such as Dassault Systemes CATIA and PTC Pro/ENGINEER. For overclockers the tweaking possibilities are made more interesting by the introduction of Turbo CORE technology combined with an unlocked Black Edition processor clock multiplier.
+ Six physical processor cores
- Shared L3 cache is the same between four- and six-core units
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