AMD Phenom II X6 1075T and X4 970BE CPUs review

By on November 4, 2010
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AMD’s new mainstream offerings got Intel beat.

Editor's Score

The Verdict:
Great performance at reasonable prices.

It’s been a long while since we last got our greasy hands on AMD processors, so it was with eager anticipation that were looking forward to reviewing AMD’s latest revision of Phenom II processors. In our labs this week, arrived the Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition Deneb and the X6 1075T Thuban processors. The 4 core and 6 core processors run at $185 and $245 respectively, bringing them smack in the middle of Intel’s Core i5 750 (at $200) and Core i7 860 (at $280).

While Intel’s 6 core Core i7 980X EE Gulftown processor is aimed at the ultra-high-end market, costing a mind-numbingly cool $999, AMD’s offering with the 1075T is a little more down to earth. Pricing wise, the two processors are aimed the enthusiast market, people who want decent performance without emptying the wallet. While AMD’s new processors don’t fetch a lower asking price, they do offer more than their predecessors in terms of performance on the 45nm process.

On its own, the X6 1075T runs at 3.0GHz on all 6 cores, but can boost up to 3.5GHz thanks to AMD’s Turbo Core technology on 3 cores instead. Now the X4 970BE doesn’t benefit from the turbo boost tech, it does run all its 4 cores at 3.5GHz with room to unlock more.

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