The new Phenom X4 965s are impressive processors but they throw off a lot of heat so not all AM3 motherboards will take them, as well there are certain setups where a CPU tossing off that much heat and consuming that much power just isn’t feasible.  Thus we have the 65W TDP 2.5 GHz X3 705e and the 2.5GHz Phenom II X4 905e low power CPUs.  While both are quite powerful for their niche, neither have the unlocked multipliers that Black Edition Phenoms offer.  Drop by Legit Reviews to see how they perform and their overclocking results.

“The AMD Phenom II X3 705e and Phenom II X4 905e processors make a great drop-in replacement for those of you running an older and slower processor. We were able to replace the AMD Phenom X4 9350e, which is a quad-core, 2GHz, 65W TDP part from last summer, in our 780G Maui HTPC system and drop in the AMD Phenom II X4 905e after a quick BIOS update. The extra 500MHz boost in performance is noticeable and best of all the power consumption and temperatures on the system actually lowered. The load power consumption was only 8 Watts lower, but that is impressive for a processor that is running 500MHz faster on the core clock and with 4MB more L3 cache!”

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