AMD Phenom 9600 Black Box Edition ReviewFormer staff writer - February 24, 2008
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The AMD Phenom 9600 Black Box Edition is definitely not a processor that does well when overclocked. From BSODs to BIOS corruption when trying to overclock, you might be missing some hair since you’ll be pulling it out wondering what you are doing wrong. Out of the box I would say it performs the way it is suppose to; I did not have any problems running my benchmarks and all applications ran quite smoothly.
I feel that AMD needs to work through a few problems. The 790 chipset that the Phenom runs on is still immature and needs to be worked on. These new processors have L3 cache and I don’t feel that any applications, games, etc are taking advantage of it yet. Also, there is only 2MB of L2 cache, which may be causing the processor to hit walls when playing video games and using memory intense applications.
So I will have to conclude that the Phenom theory is a work in progress and hopefully with chipset, application programming and gaming engine updates that can utilize the Phenom to its fullest potential, there will be some change.
- Performance is equal to the Q6600 in some benchmarks
- Problems overclocking