AMD Phenom X3 8750 Reviewajmatson - April 22, 2008
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The Phenom X3 8750 is a truly new processor. Although not as fast as its Intel counterparts in the scientific benchmarks, the gaming benchmarks were a total turn around. It matched or beat the other processors in most of the benchmarks. The Phenom X3 was also better than the Phenom Quad Core 9600 in almost all of the benchmarks, showing that AMD is moving in the right direction if a Triple Core beats its Quad Core processor. From a price point, the Phenom X3 8750 is supposed to be released at around $195 versus the Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 which averages at $300. For the performance, the Phenom X3 has the best bang for the buck without hurting the bank account. Also considering that the Phenom 9600 "Black Box" costs about $60 more than the X3, it is a no brainer since the X3 kicked the 9600 in almost all of the tests. The biggest threat to the X3 is the Q6600 which is going for about $180 - $210 and is faster than the X3 with four cores. However, if you are an AMD lover or are looking to upgrade the CPU on that AM2 board, the X3 is the best choice for you.
The overclocking left much to be desired. As everyone knows, AMD Phenom processors are not particularly good at overclocking and being the person that I am, I push everything I review to the maximum. Considering the maximum I was able to get from the Phenom X3 8750 was 180MHz, I was sitting there staring at the screen feeling unfulfilled. At least with the Phenom 9600 "Black Box" the multiplier is unlocked, so I have more room to work with, but the Phenom X3 has a locked multi of 12x, so there was nothing more I could push without it becoming unstable. So if you have an AMD setup or are considering an AMD based system, I highly recommend the Phenom X3 series over the current AMD Quad Core processors, but if Intel is your thing, there is no reason to run out and undergo a computer overhaul at the moment. Just a side note, both of the AMD Phenom processors were run on a motherboard with the 780G chipset. This chipset is geared for the "Cartwheel" platform, which includes the X3 series of Phenoms and not the Quad Core 9600, so the scores were not as impressive on the Phenom 9600 as they could be, based on other motherboards that OCC tested the "Black Box" on. This was done to keep the scores consistent with less possibilities for error or variables that could be included by changing motherboards for the review since the Phenom X3 is made for the 780G chipset.
- Improvement in performance
- Triple Core design
- Best bang for the buck
- Not a good overclocker
- Comparable performance