“Just two weeks ago AMD launched their new Phenom II X4 processors. As we learned in our review, the flagship model also known as the Phenom II X4 940 performs on par with its Core 2 Quad competition, which comes as great news for AMD who was severely lagging behind Intel before this launch.
Now, when it comes to overclocking, it’s not how far you can increase the clock speeds that matters the most, but rather how well the processor scales and therefore performs once overclocked.
We will find that out as we push the Phenom II X4 940 through a series of tests running at 3.60GHz. It’ll also have to face some fierce competition from a range of Intel Core 2 and Core i7 processors. And of course, we’ll illustrate you on what was involved in getting this overclock out of the Phenom II X4.”
Here are some more Processor articles from around the web:
- AMD Phenom II 940 – Black Edition (AM2+) @ CPU3D
- AMD Phenom II X4 940 Processor @ iXBT
- Phenom II phase change overclocking @ Icrontic
- Intel Core i7-920 Overclocking Guide @ X-bit Labs
- Overclocking Core i7: A Tale of Two Retail Processors… @ AnandTech
Punishing the new Phenom
Source: Tech Spot
The arrival of the Phenom II X4 940 heralds a slew of overclocking articles as tech reviewers try to figure out just how hard AMDs new line can be pushed. TechSpot limited themselves to air cooling, which meant they topped out at a hair over 3.6GHz. As with previous AMD chips, it is the Black Edition CPUs and their unlocked multiplier that the dedicated overclockers are going to want to grab. AMD may not have taken the performance crown from Intel, but their performance per dollar has increased incredibly.