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AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Review



Since the AMD Phenom II X6 1090T is part of a new platform the motherboards in the testing setups will vary according to the processor. All other hardware will be kept the same and run at the same speeds, timings, latencies, and voltages throughout the testing to ensure that the scores are as accurate as possible. I will be running a series of video and scientific benchmarks designed to gauge the hardware and allow us to see the performance. To get an idea on how it compares I will be putting the scores up against a number of other processors so that you can see how it runs among the mainstream and performance CPU's available.


Testing Setup:

  • Processor(s): AMD Phenom II X6 1090T
  • Motherboard: ASUS Crosshair IV Formula 890FX
  • Memory: Mushkin
  • Video Card : NVIDIA GTX 260 (216)
  • Power Supply: Mushkin 800w Modular Power Supply
  • Hard Drive: 1 x Seagate 1TB SATA
  • Optical Drive: ASUS DVD-RW
  • OS: Windows Vista Ultimate Edition


Testing Setup AMD AM3 Comparison CPU's:


Testing Setup: Intel Core i7 Socket 1366


Testing Setup: Intel Core i5 Clarksdale Socket 1156


Testing Setup: Intel Core i5/i7 Socket 1156

  • Processor(s): Intel Core i5 750 133x20, Intel Core i7 870 133x22 socket 1156 CPU's
  • Motherboard: Intel DP55KG Extreme (Kingsberg)
  • Memory: Kingston HyperX KHX1600C*D3K2/4GX 2x2Gb 7-7-7-20 1333MHz
  • Video Card : NVIDIA GTX 260 (216)
  • Power Supply: Mushkin 800w Modular Power Supply
  • Hard Drive: 1 x Seagate 1TB SATA
  • Optical Drive: Lite-On 8x DVD+/-RW
  • OS: Windows Vista Ultimate Edition


Comparison CPUs:



Overclocked settings:

  • Processor: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T @ 4.11GHz (205x20) 1.476v

The AMD Phenom II X6 1090T is a "Black Edition" processor which means that it has an unlocked multiplier which makes overclocking and obtaining the highest possible stable clock speeds easier then ever. Since the multiplier makes the most difference, I set out overclocking the CPU using the multiplier first. I raised the multiplier higher and higher until the system became unstable then I backed it down to the last stable setting. Next I did the same with the bus speed until I reached a stable harmony between both. I was able to boot at 4.2GHz however; the system was not benchmark stable so I backed it down a bit to 4.11GHz and ran Prime 95 for one hour to make sure the system was stable before performing any benchmarks. During the Prime 95 run, the temperature almost maxed out, however; it never faulted and kept running smooth as can be. For the overclocked tests, the final speed is 4.11GHz (205x20) at 1.476v. One side note, I want to point out is that CPUz shows this CPU as a 1095T however; this is an error with the program and the CPU is a 1090T model number.








  • Scientific & Data:
  1. Apophysis
  2. WinRAR
  3. Bibble 5
  4. Office 2007 Excel Number Crunch
  5. POV Ray 3.7
  6. PCMark Vantage Professional
  7. Sandra XII
  8. ScienceMark 2.02
  9. Cinebench 10 & 11.5
  10. HD Tune 3.50
  • 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. Closer Look: 890FX Motherboard
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing: Setup and Overclocking
  5. Testing: Apophysis, WinRar, Bibble 5
  6. Testing: Office 2007, POV Ray, PCMark Vantage
  7. Testing: SiSoft Sandra
  8. Testing: Sciencemark, Cinebench, HD Tune
  9. Testing: Far Cry 2
  10. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  11. Testing: Bioshock
  12. Testing: Call of Duty World at War
  13. Testing: Dead Space
  14. Testing: Fallout 3
  15. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  16. Testing: 3DMark 06
  17. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  18. Extras: Leo Platform
  19. Conclusion
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