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AMD Phenom II 965 Processor Review

ajmatson    -   August 12, 2009
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Testing:

To test the power and speed of the new Phenom II X4 965 processor, I will put it through a series of benchmarks that test the scientific and video processing capabilities. To give you a nice comparison to other top end processors being used currently, I included the AMD Phenom II X4 955 and the Intel Core i7 920 and 965 processor scores so we get a clear idea of where the Phenom II X4 965 sits. All hardware used was set to its native operating speeds, timings, and voltages to keep any variables from interfering with the scores. Because of time constraints and hardware availability, the video testing phase will have some of the newer chips included, however not all of them will be shown.

 

Testing Setup AMD AM3 CPU's:

 

Testing Setup I7 CPU's:

  

Comparison CPUs:

 

Overclocking:

Overclocked settings:

  • Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965 @ 3.913GHz (211x18.5) 1.50v
  • System Memory: Corsair XMS3 DHX @ 1689MHz (7-7-7-20)

When it came to the multiplier, anything over 18.5x and the computer would not boot at all. Even pushing the voltage on the CPU, NB and the HT just as I did with the Phenom II X4 955, I could not get any more out of it without getting too hot and blue screening. When it came to pushing the reference clock, I hit the wall at 211MHz. Just as with the multiplier any more would make the system unstable. During the overclocking I really had to watch the temps because they sat in the low 60C range; the maximum specified temperature for the Phenom II X4 965 is 65C, which made me nervous. It did remain stable so the final settings I ran for the overclock were 3.913GHz at 1.5v and memory speeds of 1689MHz at 7-7-7-20 timings.

 

 
 

 

 

 

Benchmarks:

  • Scientific & Data:
  1. Apophysis
  2. WinRAR
  3. SPECviewPerf 10
  4. PCMark Vantage Professional
  5. Sandra XII
  6. ScienceMark 2.02
  7. Cinebench 10
  8. 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: SPECviewperf 10, 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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