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Written by Hank Tolman   
Tuesday, 04 January 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
AMD Phenom-II X4-975 BE CPU HDZ975FBGMBOX
Features and Specifications
Closer Look: Phenom-II X4-975BE
Testing and Results
AIDA64 Extreme Edition v1.1 Benchmark Tests
Passmark PerformanceTest
PCMark Vantage Benchmark Tests
SiSoftware Sandra
Cinebench R11.5 Benchmarks
Street Fighter IV Benchmark
Video Transcoding Tests
AMD Phenom-II X4-975BE Final Thoughts
AMD Phenom-II X4-975 BE Conclusion

AMD Phenom-II X4-975 BE Deneb Processor Review

To start off the new year right, AMD is filling in some more of their Phenom-II lineup. Two AMD CPUs set for release in early January 2011 are the Phenom-II X4-840 and the Phenom-II X4-975BE. The Phenom-II X4-975BE HDZ975FBGMBOX will become AMDs newest flagship quad-core processor. The Thuban based 6-core processors have taken AMD's top spot away from the Phenom-II X4 Deneb based series, but the quad-cores still pack a lot of performance and come at a price that is much less expensive than the Intel alternative. The Phenom-II X4-975BE comes set for release at an MSRP of $195 and at a screaming 3.6Ghz clock speed. In this article, Benchmark Reviews is putting the Phenom-II X4-975BE through its paces. It's really going to have to perform well to compete with the new Sandy Bridge platform coming out at the same time.

http://benchmarkreviews.com/images/reviews/processor/HDZ560WFK2DGM/Phenom-II_X2-560BE_CPU_Die2.jpg

The Phenom-II X4-975BE comes to us as no surprise off the back of the X4-970BE and all the previous Phenom-II X4 quad-core, black edition processors. AMD is very consistent in their releasing and naming of incrementally faster CPUs. In all reality, the Phenom-II X4-975BE isn't all that different from the original Phenom-II X4-940 released back in January 2009. The Deneb die remains the same, as well as almost all the specifications of the processor.

AMD also has a precedent of releasing their newest Phenom-II processors as "Black Edition" processors. The difference between a Black Edition (BE) processor and any other AMD processor is that the BE CPU has an unlocked multiplier. In the case of the Phenom-II X4-975BE, the multiplier is set to x18. Black Edition CPUs are meant for computer enthusiasts who are bent on overclocking their machines. In recent times, both AMD and Intel began locking the CPU multiplier, making it more difficult to overclock a CPU. Now, with the BE CPUs from AMD and the K series CPUs from Intel, the companies have unlocked the multipliers on some of their CPUs and, of course, charge more for these processors.

With the game-changing performance expected from the upcoming Sandy Bridge release, AMD really needs to provide a quality product at a great price here with the Phenom-II X4-975BE. Until AMD comes out with its Fusion line of processors built on a smaller 32nm like the Sandy Bridge, the same old 45nm Phenom-II series will have to do. We will see in this article how the Phenom-II X4-975BE holds up against a similarly priced (and similarly unlocked) Sandy Bridge CPU.

Manufacturer: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD)
Product Name: Phenom-II X4-975BE
Model Number: HDZ975FBGMBOX
Price as Tested: $199.99 at Newegg

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by AMD, Inc.



 

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# RE: AMD Phenom-II X4-975 BE CPU HDZ975FBK4DGMDoug 2011-01-04 05:10
Yep. I concur and here is a little testing I did while reading your article:
CPU CPU Clock Motherboard Chipset Memory CL-RCD-RP-RAS Score
4x Core i7 920 HT 3800 MHz Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD5 v2 X58 Triple DDR3-1448 8-8-8-24 CR2
This is a Bloomfield chip.

Passmark 7
CPU Mark: 7884
Memory Mark: 3263
Street Fighter IV: 8934
x264
AVI: 84
MP4: 34

And note that although the 975BE @ 4Ghz comes close to the stock 920 in Queen, it's still about 6% slower and in Photoworxx a full 30%+ slower. That at 4Ghz the best of AMD can only muster what a now lowly 920 can do at 2.66Ghz is pretty sad.
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# SAD You say??Toeringsandthong 2011-02-03 04:42
Hers some food for thought ! whats sad is paying alot more for 920 when you dont have too ! think about it fanboy !
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# RE: AMD Phenom-II X4-975 BEMack 2011-01-04 07:50
Nice review. Thanks for the comparison CPU choices as well.
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# RE: AMD Phenom-II X4-975 BE CPU HDZ975FBK4DGMAthlonite 2011-01-04 18:28
pretty much this CPU has been put out there for us AM2+ users who don't want to OC or don't want x6 10xx CPU's but would like a little more power.... I can't see why any serious upgrader would buy this right before the release of bulldozer based CPU's
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# RE: RE: AMD Phenom-II X4-975 BE CPU HDZ975FBK4DGMAthlonite 2011-01-04 18:35
Oh and I cant believe that my #ty old PII x4 940BE @ 3.4GHz beat out the x4 840 in every test in AIDA64
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# It should beat the 840Hank 2011-01-05 07:35
The X4-840 isn't really a Phenom-II Chip, it's an Athlon-II with the name Phenom-II. The 840 doesn't have any L3 cache and is built on a Propus die. Also, at $102, its a lot cheaper than any of the Phenom-II X4 processors. That your X4-940BE beats it isn't all that surprising.

Feel free to read my review of the Phenom-II X4-840 as well -- #benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=662&Itemid=63
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# RE: AMD Phenom-II X4-975 BE CPU HDZ975FBK4DGMnormal 2011-01-05 00:44
I'm very sorry to read this article and still the author is so bent on Intel that he passes the fact that the new Intel chip can't even run on Linux.AMD still does.You so called Intel superchip is'n't that far in front of the 975BE.Only in the encryption it's got some advantages thanks to a lot of compiler tricks.But in plain battlefield Intel sucks big time.Even in the game it loses to an old phenom 2 architecture.Don't teint the truth by using words. Intel sucks!!!!!!!AMD rules!!!!!
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# Read the articleHank 2011-01-05 07:37
If you would have read the article, you would see that I said I preferred the Phenom-II X4-975BE as a gaming CPU over the i5-2500K. Also, the margins were anywhere from 8% to 35% without counting the AES test. I also stated that prior to the Sandy Bridge release, I preferred the ATHLON-II series over the i5 chips. Read the article next time, not just the last page.
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# 975 BE for now, Bulldozer later...nt300 2011-01-05 07:50
There's no bias within this article as some of you may think. Anyway great review and a very good upgrade path for people wanting to stick to the AM2+ and AM3 platforms. I am waiting for Bulldozer, though I would get this chip just to buy me some time in between, but it has to be dirt cheap $$$...
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# MotherboardJosé Luiz 2011-03-06 06:22
I believe the 975 AMD processor is excellent, I would buy one but can not find the motherboard for this processor. Unfortunately, there is the motherboard for this processor on the market.
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# RE: MotherboardOrville 2011-03-06 08:45
You can use any AM3 motherboard for this processor. There are many models available.
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# 975BE BESTGodless 2011-10-05 03:39
I think its good to buy this 3.6 GHZ CPU because it runs like hell ^^ its better than a dream ^^
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# RE: 975BE BESTAthlonite 2011-10-05 06:18
Really you'd spend the extra over an x4 965 or an 955 for that matter

965 + 300MHz OC = stock 975BE and it's the same deneb die you only going to get out of a 975BE what would be attainable from an 965 + a descent cooler
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