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AMD Phenom II X4 980 Processor Review



The one thing that keeps the prices of current chips competitive is the release of newer chips. Even if it's only a small increase in stock speed, it gives end users a wide assortment of processors to choose from at a great price. AMD has released “speed bumps” in the past and will continue to do so as silicon is tweaked and more speed is pushed out of each one. The Phenom II X4 series has been the busiest of the current generation processors with a number of releases and speed bumps to please every budget. All that being said, the Phenom II X4 980 earns the spot on the throne as it comes in as the fastest AMD Quad Core to-date and does its job well. When placed up against the current line of high end processors in its family, the X4 980 tops out the benchmarks and asks for more.

While those of you who are already running AMD Phenom II X4 processors won’t want to ditch your current CPUs, those who are wanting to upgrade from a lower series or even build a second rig will appreciate what the Phenom II X4 980 has to offer especially at a price of under $200. The 980 has the same physical design of other Deneb based processors including the 6MB L3 cache, AM2+/AM3 socket support and the ability to be run with either DDR2 or DDR3 memory depending on the platform chosen. Overclocking this chip was a joy and I was able to run her stable at 4.36 GHz using only an air cooler. Imagine what water cooling would do for overclocking this beast. Only one way to find out :)

If you are looking for a stable quad core processor for an upgrade or next build why not fork out a bit and get the top end? The Phenom II X4 980 will give you what you crave and then allow you to take a little more.



  • Top-end AMD Quad Core available.
  • Overclocked to over 4.3GHz on air.
  • Very competitive pricing.
  • Good price-to-performance ratio.
  • Works in both AM3 and AM2+ motherboards.
  • Compatible with both DDR2 and DDR3 memory.



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  1. Introduction & Closer Look:
  2. Specifications & Features
  3. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  4. Testing: Apophysis, WinRar, Bibble 5
  5. Testing: Office 2007, POV Ray, Geekbench
  6. Testing: SiSoft Sandra 2010
  7. Testing: Sciencemark, Cinebench, HD Tune
  8. Testing: Far Cry 2
  9. Testing: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  10. Testing: Batman: Arkham Asylum
  11. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  12. Conclusion
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