|AMD Phenom-II X6-1075T CPU HDT75TFBGRBOX|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Processors|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Tuesday, 21 September 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.
That said, the AMD Phenom II X6 1075T AM3 HDT75TFBGRBOX processor rocks. Its low price is $199.99 at Amazon or NewEgg, and combined with its excellent overclocking ability make it one of the best "bang for the buck" CPUs you can buy. In fact, it's so good that it represents a better value than the Phenom II 1090T Black Edition, which costs $55 more. As our benchmarks showed, the overclocked 1075T was able to match or beat the 4-times-more-expensive Intel Core i7-980X processor (albeit at its stock clock rates) in several of the tests, and was within 20% or so in most others. Another surprise was how well the $165 Phenom II 965 Black Edition aquitted itself: if you're not doing a lot of music or video encoding, you can get slightly better stock performance with the 965's 400MHz clock speed advantage over the 1075T. In the majority of these tests both the 965 Black Edition and stock-clocked 1075T beat the more expensive Core i7 860 and Core i7 930 processors.
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 polittical wrangling between AMD and NVIDIA, you cannot now and probably never will be able to do). Intel continues to reign at the highest performance levels, but if you need multi-core goodness at a price you can actually afford, then the AMD Phenom II X6 1075T is your baby.
+ True 6-physical-core processor
- 45nm process is kinda old these days
Final Score: 9.25 out of 10.
Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.
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