Thursday, April 16th 2009

Phenom II X4 955 Inches Toward April 20 Launch

AMD is attempting to set its record straight with the Phenom II series of 45 nm desktop processors. The company had started off its Dragon desktop platform with the introduction of its flagship CPU, the Phenom II X4 940. This processor however, is not compliant with the AM3 socket, and will not support DDR3 memory, unless an AM3 socket motherboard can provide DDR2 memory support. Come April 20, and AMD will have released its newest processor: Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition. Based on the 45 nm Deneb core, this processor supports AM3 socket motherboards, and DDR3 memory. It features a core clock speed of 3.20 GHz (16.0 x 200 MHz), 512 KB of L2 cache per core, and 6 MB of L3 cache. It is overclocker-friendly thanks to its unlocked bus multiplier, and the "massive headroom" AMD has been brandishing lately.

One of our sources from Hong Kong was able to make an early-purchase this processor in its retail "processor in a box" (PIB) package (marked with the OPN HDZ955FBGIBOX), from the Golden Computer Parts Center, who took a few snaps of the package. It could be bought for around HKD 2170 (US $280).

This tells us a bit about what its global pricing and market placement could look like. A conservative estimate would put this processor at the US $250~275 range. This, bundled with its low platform costs, and the ability to run on existing AM2+ and new AM3 motherboards, could make this processor a competitive alternative to some of the higher Intel Core 2 Quad-based platforms.

On the motherboards front, both AMD and NVIDIA have AM3-DDR3 certified platforms ready. AMD has DDR3 motherboards based on most of its 7-series chipsets, while NVIDIA is providing nForce 750a SLI and the new nForce 980a SLI. Motherboard vendors are looking to keep target prices of their high-end motherboards under the $250 mark, as DDR3 memory has already seen a downslide in prices in the recent times. Phenom II X4 955 might be accompanied by Phenom II X4 945, though we are not sure if this carries the Black Edition branding, thus being a possible successor to the Phenom II X4 920. April 20 is the day to wait for, if you are in the market for a new machine, or simply looking to upgrade.
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96 Comments on Phenom II X4 955 Inches Toward April 20 Launch

#1
HolyCow02
SWEEET! Can't wait for this. This is what i have wanted, and if that price is true, holy hell I am buying one right away. AM3 build HERE I COME! :D:D:D:D
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#2
johnnyfiive
Nice. I just wish more people were running 4.0GHz 24/7 on air like AMD claimed was possible.
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#3
hooj
Yeeoooooossshh !!
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#4
1Kurgan1
The Knife in your Back
Will be interesting to see exactly how much better this clocks than a 940. I mean my 720 seems to be holding up to 940 clocks and even the guys who unlocked the 4th cores seems to be up there too.
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#5
techie81
Anyone want to buy my 9950? :roll:
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#6
suraswami
Nice!

so the existing AM3 procs will have a price cut?
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#7
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Hell yeah. Get me some spare cash and Ill grab one of these and a new mobo and memory :)
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#8
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: suraswami
so the existing AM3 procs will have a price cut?
Later down the line if 955 gets a cut, it just may take the entire lineup with it.
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#9
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
from the Golden Computer Parts Center
my regular stomping grounds while i was there!!! Its an awesome place!!!! theres like 2-3 floors of nothing but components, consumerbles & peripherals - then downstairs you got all the the console/games & IT bookstores stores

its a fucking Aladins cave of hightech goodness :rockout::rockout::rockout::rockout:


Hopefully I will be going back to H.K later this year!! & thats definitely a place where i will cruise around for like a whole week dribbling over all the displayed goods.
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#10
suraswami
by: btarunr
Later down the line if 955 gets a cut, it just may take the entire lineup with it.
thanks.

still $250 for a proc is expensive in my books and never bought a proc over $150. X2 3800 S939 was the one that I bought for $150 and sold it for $30 after 1.5 yrs.

oh well I wish I will buy someday.
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#12
effex
by: techie81
Anyone want to buy my 9950? :roll:
lol, I have a 9500 and have been waiting a long time for something worthwhile to upgrade

I cant wait!!!
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#14
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
Cool, hopefully they overclock well. Though I'm worried the gimp DDR3 controller will go unstable real fast, limitting overclocks...
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#15
DaMulta
My stars went supernova
by: suraswami
thanks.

still $250 for a proc is expensive in my books and never bought a proc over $150. X2 3800 S939 was the one that I bought for $150 and sold it for $30 after 1.5 yrs.

oh well I wish I will buy someday.
$250 us not expensive, my QX9650 that was $1000.00 was expensive.....
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#16
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
by: DaMulta
$250 us not expensive, my QX9650 that was $1000.00 was expensive.....
Indeed, crazy expensive and I thought $350 for my Q6600 was expensive.:laugh:
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#17
DaMulta
My stars went supernova


GD70 I'm waiting on you! You will do over 5Ghz when you get here! You Will do it my precious with 955!

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#20
TheMailMan78
Big Member
by: FreedomEclipse
you say po-tah-to, i say pot-a-to. It was still Aladins Cave ¬_¬
I say pa-ta-ter.
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#21
suraswami
by: DaMulta
$250 us not expensive, my QX9650 that was $1000.00 was expensive.....
I said expensive in my books and its absolute waste of money and crime spending $1000 on a cpu:D that too on a Intel :p
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#22
DaMulta
My stars went supernova
Well I don't really game I only benchmark. So in my book it was not a crime because it really helped with my scores.
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#23
TheMailMan78
Big Member
by: DaMulta
Well I don't really game I only benchmark. So in my book it was not a crime because it really helped with my scores.
Ya know not gaming with such an awesome CPU is like DD tits on a nun. A waste.
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#24
r9
It is understandable that AM3 cpu is 3.2GHz and not 3.0 because it will be to obvious how little ddr3 bring compared to ddr2.
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#25
crazy pyro
That'll be one hell of a system, WOW!
I have a feeling AMD are really sorting what they're doing out now.
Let's hope AMD can give intel a sound thrashing in the price/performance ratio,
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