Tuesday, May 3, 2011

A review of the AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition processor

In an attempt to put AMD's fastest quad-core processor on the market, they release the Phenom II X4 980, which comes with a very high 3.7 GHz clock frequency, that's right 3700 MHz (!) as a default peak clock frequency.
Explaining Phenom II X4 processors can be best done by looking at what the first generation Phenom really was. First there was the transition from 65nm to 45nm, if you look at this from a distance it pretty much means that they were able to make this processor smaller compared to the last generation Phenom (I) products. And that had advantages, often to be found in lower voltages and higher clock frequencies. The Phenom II X4 980 BE that runs at 3.6 GHz and has a voltage range of 0.875 to 1.5V.

Read the full review over at Guru3D

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