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AMD Phenom II X4 965 Processor New Revision Review

ajmatson    -   November 3, 2009
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Testing:

The testing for the new refresh of the Phenom II 4 965 will be the same series of scientific and video benchmarks that the original first generation Phenom II X4 965 was run through. Then, to show the performance differences, if any they, both processors will be put up against each other, head to head. To keep the scores fair and not have any outside variables from affecting the outcome all hardware will be run at the same speeds, voltages, and latencies - unless otherwise specified, such as in the overclocking tests.

 

Testing Setup AMD AM3 CPU's:

 

  

Comparison CPUs:

 

Overclocking:

Overclocked settings:

  • Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965 @ 4.038GHz (212.5x19) 1.50v
  • System Memory: Corsair XMS3 DHX @ 1700MHz (7-7-7-20)

In overclocking the new Phenom II X4 965 refresh, I used the same approach as I did with the first generation chip. First, I pushed the processor multiplier as high as I could until the system was no longer stable, and then I backed it off a bit, to ensure that the computer would boot and remain stable throughout the benchmarking process. Next, I pushed the reference clock up a bit at a time until, again, the system would loose stability and I would back it off again until the system was stable again. For the refresh of the Phenom II X4 965, I was able to push the overclock a bit further than the first generation was able to go. With the refresh, I was able to break the 4GHz barrier, albeit only a bit higher, but higher nonetheless. The final overclock I was able to achieve that was benchmark stable was 4.038GHz, which was 212.5MHz on the reference clock and 19x on the multiplier at 1.5 volts. The system would boot higher, but was not stable enough to run benchmarks, which is what counts in the world of overclocking.

 

 

 

 

 

Benchmarks:

  • Scientific & Data:
  1. Apophysis
  2. WinRAR
  3. Office 2007 Excel Number Crunch
  4. POV Ray 3.7
  5. PCMark Vantage Professional
  6. Sandra XII
  7. ScienceMark 2.02
  8. Cinebench 10
  9. HD Tune 2.55
  • Video:
  1. Far Cry 2
  2. Crysis Warhead
  3. BioShock
  4. Call of Duty World At War
  5. Dead Space 
  6. Fallout 3 
  7. Left 4 Dead
  8. 3DMark 06 Professional
  9. 3DMark Vantage



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Specifications & Features
  3. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  4. Testing: Apophysis, WinRAR
  5. Testing: Office 2007, POV Ray 3.7, PcMark Vantage
  6. Testing: Sandra 2009 Professional
  7. Testing: ScienceMark, CineBench 10, HD Tune
  8. Testing: Far Cry 2
  9. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  10. Testing: BioShock
  11. Testing: Call of Duty World at War
  12. Testing: Dead Space
  13. Testing: Fallout 3
  14. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  15. Testing: 3DMark06
  16. Testing: 3DMark Vantage Professional
  17. Conclusion
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