|AMD Phenom-II X6-1075T CPU HDT75TFBGRBOX|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Processors|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Tuesday, 21 September 2010|
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AMD Phenom-II X6-1075T CPU Review
AMD is introducing several new processors, filling out holes in the low-to-mid-range of their desktop AM3 product line. The 6-core Phenom II X6 1075T HDT75TFBGRBOX slots neatly in between the $199 2.8GHz 1050T and the $299 3.2GHz 1090T Black Edition with a clock speed of 3.0GHz and a lower-than-expected price of $239.00. Like its six-core stablemates, the 1075T uses Turbo Core technology to boost its clock speed from 3.0 to 3.5GHz (which is just 100MHz shy of the 1090T's Turbo Core speed) when three or fewer cores are in use. Benchmark Reviews tests the new 1075T against a collection of Intel and AMD processors in gaming and computing performance.
Although many have forgotten it now, there was a time when AMD processors (starting with the Athlon 64 series) handily outperformed their Intel equivalents. AMD was the first company to ship a processor with a stock clock speed of 1GHz, 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. For enthusiasts, this has been a boon, 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 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.
As current manufacturing techniques hit a "megaHertz wall" at about 4GHz a few years ago, Intel and AMD have been working on making 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.
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Advanced Micro Devices.