Thursday, August 13th 2009

AMD Raises the Performance Bar With Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition

AMD today announced the world's highest clocked quad-core processor for desktop PCs, the AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition processor. As an integral part of Dragon platform technology, this new processor features a stock frequency of 3.4 GHz, massive headroom, high-speed DDR3 memory support and AMD OverDrive 3.0 technology to deliver an enthusiast-class performance that fits into value-based budgets.

Since its initial launch in January 2009, Dragon platform technology has provided great performance at a great price. From the only company with unlocked CPUs and backwards compatibility for DDR2 memory, the AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition processor helps customers pay less for more, period. Available for a Suggested System Builder Price of $245, users opting for Intel may be paying more for less or equal performance.
With this platform, AMD is combining its fastest processor ever with the massive graphics processing muscle of its most powerful GPUs to enable the following features:
  • Record-setting overclocking capabilities
  • AMD OverDrive 3.0 tuning software
  • High-speed DDR3 memory support
  • Planned future DirectX 11 support for the latest games
  • AMD Black Edition Memory Profiles for custom experiences
  • Cool'n'Quiet 3.0 technology to enable improved efficiency and help keep your PC running cool and quiet
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The comparison your making is nowhere nears as lopsided as it was back when the P4 and first AMD 64 were slugging it out. The performance gap is much closer now and if intel could put out a higher clocked cpu with the stock cooler (at a reasonable price) then they should but don't blame AMD for increasing performance and selling their chips at a decent price. Also these chips are not the same as the x2 chips physically so they are not just increasing on chip memory and mhz. The Phenom II chips are a completely different design with a newer memory controller, lower power requirements ,smaller die size and lower operating temperatures.. These chips can take a lot of voltage and still run fairly cool so who cares if AMD pumps up the core speed. To me if the cpu can take it why not. This seems to show just how well designed these chips are. AMD release a 3.6ghz version!!!!! Watch and see I bet they do.
No, the game isn't much closer now, it is about the same actually.

Why do you think I'm blaming AMD for anything, other than not being able to compete and not forcing Intel to lower their prices? Intel increases performance, and sells their chips at a decent price also. Why is that hard to understand for you? The chips from Intel that have competition are reasonably priced. Just because I'm not freaking about about how great the Phenoms are, doesn't mean I'm bashing AMD, don't try to make it sound that way. AMD raising performance is a good thing, I don't know where you got that I was saying it was bad.

I'm not comparing the Phenom's to the X2, I'm comparing the Phenom II's to the Phenoms. The entire Phenom series smells of netburst. Raising clock speeds to the breaking point, upping the cache to try and boost performance...its the same thing Intel did with netburst when they were behind.

And your comments about how well designed they are makes me laugh. If they were well designed, it wouldn't take 3.6GHz to compete with 2.6GHz. If they were well designed they wouldn't be at the 140w barrier already. And if they were well design they would be out overclocking Intel.

And the 965 can get about an 800MHz overclock on air, not exactly anything stellar when the i7's are getting 1GHz+ overclocks on air. How is that designed well?

Don't get me wrong, the Phenom IIs are a great thing for the industry. Anything that adds competition is great. And the Phenom IIs were definitely a step in the right direction for AMD, they just need to keep going in that direction. And the Phenom IIs are good processors, it is just that the i7s are better, more expensive but better...
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