AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Reviewajmatson -
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One thing I love in the CPU world is when a manufacturer makes improvements to currently existing chips, resulting in speed bumps. This is good for two reasons; one, it keeps prices competitive between manufacturers and drives down prices of previously top end hardware, and two, it gives us a new faster toy to play with. AMD is one of the companies that always brings us the latest and greatest with its tweaks, which allow us to have a wide range of processors to pick from no matter what category you decide on.
The AMD Hexa Core series has not been out for that long and there is already a growing list of processors to choose from. Now AMD has done some more tweaking and produced the latest and fastest processor in the six-core line up, the AMD Phenom II X6 1100T. The 1100T is clocked at 3.3GHz stock with a Turbo Core speed of 3.7GHz. Other than the speed increases, the 1100T is just like its younger brother, the 1090T — it carries the same physical specs, such as the 6MB L3 cache, Socket AM3 support, and even the ability to be paired with a motherboard using DDR2 or DDR3 memory. If you are as stoked as I am to see what this baby has to offer, then let's dive right in and get started.
As with the majority of the AMD processors we have tested here at OCC, they arrive in an OEM state, which is just a bare CPU. The 1100T came is a nice protective casing to keep it safe when being shipped. Retail processors you purchase from a store will have a stock heat sink included in the box. The model number for the AMD Phenom II X4 1100T is HDE00ZFBK6DGR. This is a hexa-core processor running at 3.3GHz stock with a Turbo Core speed of 3.7GHz. The 1100T is also a Black Edition processor, which means the CPU multiplier is unlocked, making it easier to overclock, especially in systems that have trouble raising the reference clock speed that affects other components. Like other Phenom II X6 processors, this one has a shared 6MB L3 cache and 512KB L2 cache per core totaling 3MB L2 and still supports both DDR2 and DDR3 memory, depending on the platform it is installed into. The 1100T is manufactured using a 45nm process and has a maximum TDP of 125 watts.
Now that we have the CPU all ready to go and setup, let's pop it in and fire the system up.