|AMD Phenom II In-Depth Performance Scaling Analysis|
|Written by Madshrimps|
|Monday, 16 March 2009|
As you probably already have noticed, Madshrimps did not publish an article regarding the Phenom II's performance in comparison to competitive products. There are two main reasons: on one hand, we only received our Phenom II sample a few days after the product launch, which means that most hardware reviewing websites already had an article regarding the Phenom II. Ours would just have been 'yet another' comparison and would only serve to confirm everything we already know. On the other hand, we had the possibility to test the widely hyped overclockability of the processor and check if the rumors about 6GHz were indeed true.
We were actually surprised by the excellent overclocking scaling of the Phenom II X4 940 on LN2! As you may or may not know, our retail (but sent by AMD) sample went beyond 6GHz quite easily and there was absolutely no sign of any coldbug. Unlike its predecessor, the Phenom II (also referred to as Ph-II) is indeed meant for overclocking ... well, extreme overclocking. In 24/7 configurations, it's still very difficult to reach 4GHz stable on normal air cooling, which doesn't match the current C2D overclocking capabilities. Madshrimps
Benchmark Reviews has also tested the Phenom II in our Featured Reviews: Processors section.