Tuesday, May 3rd 2011

AMD Intros Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Quad-Core Processor

Today AMD released to market its latest quad-core processor, the Pheonom II X4 980 Black Edition. The new, faster SKU was first reported to be taking shape back in March. Based on the 45 nm "Deneb" silicon and K10.5 architecture, the X4 980 BE is yet another speed-bump, clocked at 3.70 GHz (18.5 x 200 MHz), with room for some overclocking thanks to its unlocked BClk multiplier.

The Deneb die packs four x86-64 cores with 512 KB caches each, and a shared 6 MB L3 cache. Despite its high clock speed, the processor maintains TDP of 125W. Its IMC supports dual-channel DDR3/DDR2 memory, and is backwards compatible with AM2+ socket apart from its native AM3 socket. HyperTransport 4 GT/s is its chipset interconnect. The new processor is priced at US $195.
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26 Comments on AMD Intros Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Quad-Core Processor

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alexsubri
IMO I think that the AMD 965 Black Edition C3 is the best AMD has to offer. Yes, it's a little old and only at 3.4ghz, but people can easily get it up to 4.0+ ghz with a good cooler. My cheap luiquid cooling can only go up to 3.8 ghz with a voltage tweak and northbridge tweak
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