Tuesday, June 30th 2009

Phenom II Black Edition TWKR 42 Unveiled

NDA has been lifted off AMD's newest processor for serious overclocking, the Phenom II Black Edition TWKR 42. While this processor isn't meant to be an out of the box high-speed performer, it caters specifically to those who know (TWK) the inside outs of overclocking. Hence, it comes with a speed of 2.00 GHz, but with an unlocked multiplier, high-leakage silicon, and a significantly higher overclocking headroom compared to other consumer-grade chips AMD offers. Currently AMD has only 100 of these ready to sell.

Legit Reviews is one of the first sites to review this chip, and adds an interesting list of myth busters to go with it. The chip is based on a cherry-picked high quality yield of Deneb C2 core. It comes with a vCore value of 1.44 V out of the box, and lets the overclocker decide which bus-multiplier, frequency, and voltage value to use. It comes in an exclusive jewel-case from AMD. Using air-cooling by an XIGMATEK HDT-S1283, the reviewer was able to reach 4.00 GHz on the air and more than 5.90 GHz using liquid-nitrogen cooling.

Source: Legit Reviews
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88 Comments on Phenom II Black Edition TWKR 42 Unveiled

#1
1Kurgan1
The Knife in your Back
:O oh my

Really strange it comes at 2ghz with 1.44v and doesn't really seem the OC results are beyond the 955 OCing or even 940. Hopefully future reviews net more, wonder what the price will be on this, I'm thinking it might not be too bad since they clocked it at 2ghz.
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#3
[I.R.A]_FBi
only its limited status seems to make it special .. cause those couldnt be special numbers ...
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#4
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
5.9ghz is doable on retail silicone with LN2. now i understand the whole high leakage thing but if all it will do is 5.9ghz either the reviewer had no idea what he was doing or the chip sucked.


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#6
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
by: Assassin48
I don't think he knows what he was doing


maybe i will be going back to amd :rolleyes:
no its just titled wrong the review shows k|ngp|n getting 6.89ghz valid and chew* getting 6.634ghz


also the reviewer peaked with this clock




not really all that special



chew* did that on a retail cpu



and god bless



look on the left in the dimm slots thats ice look on the right thats ice on the caps all the insulated was the cpu and they did LN2? i mean really
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#7
mdm-adph
I don't think these are for sale, are they? Pretty sure AMD is just giving them out to various overclocking entities.
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#8
Assassin48
Have you seen the Phantom Pot Prototype ?
Its a clear Pot


Me want!
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#10
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
It doesn't matter what frequencies or voltages it ships with. Its target users don't look into specs sheets. Voltage is high because so is its leakage, and it only goes on to provide more room for voltage increment. And of course, even if AMD ships this with a clock speed of 200 MHz, it shouldn't matter to the people using these chips.

by: cdawall
chew* did that on a retail cpu
chew* is both skillful and lucky. Now that AMD is cherry-picking Deneb cores on a big scale, don't expect too many of such retail chips.
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#11
t77snapshot
by: btarunr
Currently AMD has only 100 of these ready to sell.
That means they will not be available:( I wonder how much they cost?
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#12
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
by: btarunr
It doesn't matter what frequencies or voltages it ships with. Its target users don't look into specs sheets. Voltage is high because so is its leakage, and it only goes on to provide more room for voltage increment. And of course, even if AMD ships this with a clock speed of 200 MHz, it shouldn't matter to the people using these chips.



chew* is both skillful and lucky. Now that AMD is cherry-picking Deneb cores on a big scale, don't expect too many of such retail chips.
well cherry picking 100 isn't exactly going to kill the retail thing :p


however 2ghz was chosen because of the way its sits 10x multi is DID0 and FID0
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#13
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: cdawall
well cherry picking 100 isn't exactly going to kill the retail thing :p
It is, because they're not stopping at 100 :p
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#14
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
by: cdawall
look on the left in the dimm slots thats ice look on the right thats ice on the caps all the insulated was the cpu and they did LN2? i mean really
Ice forming like that happens even with insulation when using LN2 for prolonged periods.
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#16
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
by: newtekie1
Ice forming like that happens even with insulation when using LN2 for prolonged periods.
not when you insulate the way you are supposed to

by: msimax
i have to make sure another msi doesnt go on me i prepped for the 100yr storm:rofl:












slappa chew* sends his regards :up:


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#17
TheGoat Eater
it was actually not that great of a chip - I was in Detroit with the reviewer (Gomeler) at K|ngp|ns and both of their chips only did 5.90-6 and that board must have been destroyed on monday night / tuesday lol
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#18
Evo85
CDA, get one of these stat!!!

I want to see what one will do in your hands...
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#19
soldier242
uhm why did they use modelling clay instead of grease and styrofoam???
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#21
Gzero
I've not been paying attention to detail on the latest cores, but really, since when was:
Hence, it comes with a speed of 2.00 GHz, but with an unlocked multiplier, high-leakage silicon, and a significantly higher overclocking headroom compared to other consumer-grade chips AMD offers.
high-leakage silicon
a good thing?
Unless I'm getting the wrong impression, I can't think of any where in the cpu you want leakage???
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#22
TheGoat Eater
by: soldier242
uhm why did they use modelling clay instead of grease and styrofoam???
its Kneaded Rubber Eraser and vasoline was used ;)
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#23
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
by: Evo85
CDA, get one of these stat!!!

I want to see what one will do in your hands...
i'll call my guy in austin

by: Gzero
I've not been paying attention to detail on the latest cores, but really, since when was:


a good thing?
Unless I'm getting the wrong impression, I can't think of any where in the cpu you want leakage???
yes high leakage is good
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#24
boomstik360
by: Gzero
I've not been paying attention to detail on the latest cores, but really, since when was:





a good thing?
Unless I'm getting the wrong impression, I can't think of any where in the cpu you want leakage???
I was thinking the same thing lol
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#25
Gzero
by: cdawall
i'll call my guy in austin

yes high leakage is good
Well then you better update wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leakage

^^

Can you explain or point to what you mean by leakage?
I'm completely at a loss in what is good spec for OC'ing the latest AMD cores.
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