AMD Phenom 9900 ReviewFormer staff writer - December 23, 2007
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What is the definition of Phenom? Well Phenom is actually slang for Phenomenal, which has a definition of being “astounding, exceptional”. A Spider spins webs made of silk that become stronger as it grows. By now you may be wondering what I’m referring to. On the 17th of November, AMD launched its latest line of processors, which would be the Phenom and its first line is called Spider. Many of us have been waiting a long time for this launch to see if AMD may be back on track in the processor wars and to see if they can win back the hearts of the computer enthusiast. With this launch, AMD also introduced the 790 and 790FX chipset (motherboard), which when used in combination should enhance the architecture of the processor, maximizing its potential.
The AMD Phenom, which is part of AMDs Spider platform, is the first of AMD's series of one-chip Quad Core processors. The Phenom comes in 4 flavors; 9500, 9600, 9700 and 9900, ranging from 2.2 to 2.6 GHz, and is a 940-pin AM2+ processor. The AMD 790 and 790 FX chipsets are also reverse compatible with the older AM2 processors, but are enhanced to work in combination with the Phenom processor (its architecture contains added pipelines to utilize each core individually).
Just like everyone else, I’m curious to see how well the AMD Phenom pairs with the 790FX Chipset. The Spider that will be reviewed is the Phenom 9900, which has a stock operating speed of 2.6 GHz.