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AMD Phenom 9900 Review

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Well all the benchmarks have been run and the results should speak for themselves. I am impressed with some aspects and disappointed with others. I'm very disappointed that I could not overclock the Phenom 9900 and both motherboards that I have in my possession are not working as well as they should. I am going to have to revisit this CPU when all the bugs are worked out. What I am impressed with is how well the Phenom did compared to the Q6600 in the scientific benchmarks; remember the Phenom has half the shared cache, at 2MB, but is clocked 200 MHz higher than the Q6600.

So is the Phemon phenomenal? No, not by a long shot. But as I eluded to earlier, it is a Spider and a Spider's web does get stronger as it gets nearer to completion. This concept has promise and at this time we will have to patiently wait and see if its web will get stronger as it develops. As the 790 chipset matures I would hope to see the Phenom start living up to its name. Let's hope that this is a step in the right direction for AMD. My personal thought is that it's a start.

I hope to have both the MSI and Asus motherboards back right after the holidays. In the mean time, I was just informed that MSI has a new beta BIOS for its board, which should fix its memory problems. Hopefully this BIOS will allow me to achieve some decent overclocks in my next review, which will be of the Phenom 9600 (Black Box Edition).


  • True Quad-Core
  • Optimized to work in conjunction with 790FX chipset (see cons)



  • The 790FX chipset needs work in order to complete optimization
  • Will not overclock due to immature chipset features

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