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AMD Phenom II X6 1075T, X4 970, X2 560, Athlon II X4 645, X3 450 & X2 265 Review

ajmatson    -   September 20, 2010
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Conclusion:

Overall the speed increases did make a difference in performance when tested against the older revisions. One big advantage of manufacturers releasing these improvements is that it drives down the prices of current retail processors. This leaves us with the latest and greatest for our fun rigs and inexpensive and efficient parts for everyday computing without having to break the bank. One thing I have admired with AMD is the variety of processors that the company releases. Even in this update there are dual, triple, quad, and hexa cores available to fulfill anyone's needs and prices that everyone can adore. The most expensive processor in the bunch is under $300 and that is for a six core processor. Six cores of processing power for under the cost of most high end motherboard. Even Intel's lowest hexa core is just shy of $1k.

When it came to overclocking, the Athlon II line was so so, but with the unlocked multipliers, the X2 560 and X4 970 were able to break the 4GHz barrier without a problem. I was a bit skeptical about the Phenom II X6 1075T reaching that high but once I got in and started tweaking a bit I was able to hit that sweet barrier and surpass it, achieving a stable 33% overclock. Each of the processors seems to fill that gap to tide us over until the next best thing. For the price they are a steal! While they are the top end currently available, if you already own the model they are replacing I would not go out running to drop some more cash to get the latest, as the difference is negligible. If you are thinking of upgrading though, I would go for it. Current X4 owners will love the 1075T, awesome power with a small price tag.

 

Pros:

  • Increased speeds
  • Improved overclocks on Phenom processors
  • Keeps pricing on current released processors competitive
  • Wide array of core options to choose from

 

Cons:

  • None
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  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Specifications & Features
  3. Testing: Setup and Overclocking
  4. Testing: Apophysis, WinRar, Bibble 5
  5. Testing: Office 2007, POV Ray, Geekbench
  6. Testing: SiSoft Sandra
  7. Testing: Sciencemark, Cinebench, HD Tune
  8. Testing: Far Cry 2
  9. Testing: Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
  10. Testing: Batman Arkham Asylum
  11. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  12. Conclusion
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