Remember the Phenom II, that CPU which was once incredible but is now the processor that those waiting for Llano are getting a little bored with? It has a new flagship model for the X4 series, called the X4 980 which runs at 3.7GHz and sports the same 45nm technology we have come to know so well. Read on to see if Josh could find anything about the last of the 45nms that will knock the dust off his case or if we are looking at more of the same, if slightly faster, silicon.
"In the end, this is a simple 100 MHz increase in clockspeed for AMD for their high end quad core processor. It is not all that much faster than the previous X4 975, but at least it does not consume all that much more power than the previous model. It is a good all-around performer, and would make a solid foundation for a productivity and gaming machine for most users. Invariably though, most eyes are drawn to the horizon and the promise of Llano and Bulldozer. Hopefully for AMD these next generation processors will allow them to more adequately compete with Intel when it comes to raw performance."
Here are some more Processor articles from around the web:
- AMD’s Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition processor @ The Tech Report
- AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition @ AnandTech
- AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition @ Techware Labs
- AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition @ Bjorn3D
- AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Review @ Neoseeker
- AMD Phenom-II X4-980 BE Processor @ Benchmark Reviews
- AMD Phenom II X4 980 Processor Review @ OCC
- AMD Phenom II x4 980 Black Edition @ Overclockers.com
- AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Processor Review @ HardwareHeaven
- AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Processor Review @ Hardware Canucks
- AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Quad-Core CPU Review @ Legit Reviews
- AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition @ Legion Hardware
- Sandy Bridge and Lynnfield Quad-Core Processors Compared @ iXBT Labs