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AMD Phenom 9900 Review

Former staff writer    -   December 23, 2007
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Testing:

OverclockersClub will be running the AMD Phenom 9900 through our benchmarking suite to see how the processor performs. The OverclockersClub series of benchmarks include both system tests and gaming benchmarks to verify the performance of this product.  If you would like to see how other processors performed in an XP platform, please check our CPU Section under reviews. We will show comparisons to other video cards using the Vista Platform, which can be found below. All video card settings were left at setup defaults, again to eliminate any variables. The video benchmarks in this review were run under two different platforms, The Phenom and HD3870 video cards were run as one platform while the remaining video cards were tested under an intel platform. This was done to show how the latest and greatest from AMD/ATI perform together.

 

Testing Setup:

Comparison System:

 

Overclocking:

Well I can't say that I didn't try. The sample that I received from AMD is an engineering sample and it is also unlocked. Since the retail version is locked, I decided to overclock the 9900 the traditional way, which is through the BIOS of the motherboard and the "new way" with AMD Overdrive. Unfortunately, both ways failed. Even with a 200 MHz overclock, I could not get this Phenom stable. My theory is that it may not be the processor itself, but rather the new 790FX chipset. The concept is new, as well as the theory, and it needs some time to mature. I had originally tried the chip on the MSI K9A2 Platimum and found out that with its current BIOS, it does not support 1066 DDR2 RAM. As a matter of fact, when the BIOS is set to 1066, the board will not even POST. My next try was with the Asus M3A32-MVP DELUXE; this time I achieved a successful boot with its settings at 1066 and timings of 5-5-5-15, 2t. I did not even have an option to set the timings to what my RAM will run at. I have spoken to both Asus and MSI about these problems I was experiencing with its boards and was told that since I have boards that are from the first product lot, these boards have older BIOS's and revisions to the motherboards have already been made in their second iteration. I did flash both boards with the newest BIOS, but was still having problems. Both the MSI and Asus revision boards are on its way to me and I will try to overclock this processor again when I have a moment of free time.

 

Benchmarks:

  • Scientific & Data:
  1. Apophysis
  2. WinRAR
  3. SpecviewPerf 10
  4. PCMark Vantage Professional
  5. Sandra XII
  6. ScienceMark 2.02 Final
  7. Cinebench 10
  8. HD Tune 2.54
  • Video:
  1. Crysis (CPU and GPU)
  2. Knights of the Sea
  3. Bioshock
  4. Call of Duty 4
  5. World in Conflict
  6. Call of Jaurez
  7. 3DMark 06 Professional



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Installation
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing ( Setup, Overclocking & Benchmarks)
  5. Testing (Apopysis & Winrar)
  6. Testing (Specview)
  7. Testing (PCMark Vantage Professional)
  8. Testing (SiSoft Sandra Professional)
  9. Testing (Sciencemark, Cinebench, HDTune)
  10. Testing: Crysis
  11. Testing: Knights of the Sea
  12. Testing: BioShock
  13. Testing: Call of Duty 4
  14. Testing: World in Conflict
  15. Testing: Call of Jaurez
  16. Testing: 3DMark 06 Professional
  17. Extras
  18. Extras (Continued)
  19. Conclusion
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