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
TheGuruStud
suraswami said:
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.
Then you'll die when I tell you this: I bought the athlon 64 3500 as soon as I could get it for 400 bucks (was back ordered everywhere of course). It was 400 bucks, but they were the fastest x86 CPUs on the planet and made intel look like morons. That was worth the cash alone haha.

But, 250 is too much now :( I'll just have to slap a 940 in this old MB and keep on truckin.
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#2
suraswami
TheGuruStud said:
Then you'll die when I tell you this: I bought the athlon 64 3500 as soon as I could get it for 400 bucks (was back ordered everywhere of course). It was 400 bucks, but they were the fastest x86 CPUs on the planet and made intel look like morons. That was worth the cash alone haha.

But, 250 is too much now :( I'll just have to slap a 940 in this old MB and keep on truckin.
My first PC bundle I bought was for $1100 with an AMD K6 2 500 Mhz cpu and 192MB ram. I applied for a loan at a bank and paid it in 12 months. That was the highest I even paid for a cpu/machine. My next one was $50 Frys combo (ECS + Duron):D

So may be if 4Ghz is easy with this cpu I might give it a shot.
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#3
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
i have had one of these for a month now lol
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#4
suraswami
cdawall said:
i have had one of these for a month now lol
damn i should have grabbed that one from you lol
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#5
BrooksyX
Hmm very interesting stuff. Looks like AMD is finally bringing some really sweet stuff to the table. Very good to hear for sure.
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#6
Disruptor4
So when is the 8 series of AMD motherboards coming out? Like 890FX. That's when I want to upgrade...
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#7
eidairaman1
i believe the 800 Chipset series is for Server Market.
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#8
ZoneDymo
THIS IS A RESPONSE TO ALL THOSE WHO HELPED ME WITH MY NEW PC OR PC UPGRADE DILEMMA.


Ok first off, im pretty sure I could OC my processor to 4ghz, the ram is sucky though.
An i7 920 is the same price here as an q9550 so that is why going for a q9550 sounds a bit stupid.
I can get a 4gb kit ddr2 for about 50 euro OR a 6gb kit ddr3 for about 90 euro.


hmm I think Ill just wait and get a i7 rig a bit later.
It would mean a mobo with PCI-E 2.0 (and both SLI and Crossfire) a quad core with hyperthreading and 6 gb in tripple channel.

Thanks all for the help :)
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#9
ShadowFold
Dude, just make a new thread you will get a lot of responses there. This thread is about the amazing 955 which I want very much :D
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#10
eidairaman1
Funny how they used a lucky Star Character, or at least the Animation Style
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#11
kaneda
eidairaman1 said:
Funny how they used a lucky Star Character, or at least the Animation Style
That is a lucky star character. XD

Miyuki Takara :P
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#12
Darren
ZoneDymo said:
An i7 920 is the same price here as an q9550 so that is why going for a q9550 sounds a bit stupid.
Because a socket 775 motherboard starts @ £40

and

Because a 1366 motherboard starts @ £159.99




look yourself, I even made the prices list in ascending order for you :)
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/productlist.php?&groupid=701&catid=5&subid=1283&sortby=priceAsc

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/productlist.php?&groupid=701&catid=5&subid=326&sortby=priceAsc
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#13
Studabaker
Article says 6MB cache, box in pics says 8MB cache...
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#14
kenkickr
Studabaker said:
Article says 6MB cache, box in pics says 8MB cache...
The 8Mb is the 4x512k L2 Cache(2Mb L2 Cache all together) + 6Mb L3 Cache shared = 8Mb.

This would be nice to have, for the early AM3 system adapters. With the OCing I see people doing with the current lineup I just couldn't justify spending $250+ for this unless they maybe added some more cache(like 12mb) or something worthwhile. It is nice though to see a nice AM3 proc coming out.
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#15
Studabaker
kenkickr said:
The 8Mb is the 4x512k L2 Cache(2Mb L2 Cache all together) + 6Mb L3 Cache shared = 8Mb.

This would be nice to have, for the early AM3 system adapters. With the OCing I see people doing with the current lineup I just couldn't justify spending $250+ for this unless they maybe added some more cache(like 12mb) or something worthwhile. It is nice though to see a nice AM3 proc coming out.
Oooh, AMD pulling advertising tricks now?! tsk tsk :shadedshu
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#16
kenkickr
They have been doing this for awhile. I know on the Phenom boxes they would list total L2+L3. Yep, just checked both 9950(4Mb Total L2+L3) and 7750(3Mb Total L2+L3).
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#17
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Studabaker said:
Oooh, AMD pulling advertising tricks now?! tsk tsk :shadedshu
No trick. They clearly said total [external] cache.
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#18
trt740
AMD is really really doing well. Nice too see
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#19
araditus
Darren said:
It is very difficult to get 4 GHz on a E6750 conroe, only the Wolfdales can reach 4 GHz without breaking a sweat.

Your motherboard isn't great for overclocking either so don't hold your breath.
I had not trouble taking my gigabyte p35 and e6750 to 4.2 ghz on air stable and that is what it has been at for 2 months now. did i mention it idles at 27c load 51c?
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#20
Darren
araditus said:
I had not trouble taking my gigabyte p35 and e6750 to 4.2 ghz on air stable and that is what it has been at for 2 months now. did i mention it idles at 27c load 51c?
As much as I feel like saying "link or it didn't happen".

But there is always a rare few that manage exceptionally high overclocks, doesn't mean its achievable on every p35.

You'll see more Conroes @ around 3.2-3.5 GHz than at 4-4.2 GHz.
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#21
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
Darren said:
As much as I feel like saying "link or it didn't happen".

But there is always a rare few that manage exceptionally high overclocks, doesn't mean its achievable on every p35.

You'll see more Conroes @ around 3.2-3.5 GHz than at 4-4.2 GHz.
i ran a 6850XE chip on a 780i board and it didn't do 4.2 on air
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#22
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
I'm doubtful on the 4.0GHz+ on the E6750, however there are some rare gems that made it out there.

And the P35 boards are more than capable of high FSB speeds. 400MHz was usually pretty easy, and 420-450MHz wasn't a stretch for them. My P5K Pro did 450MHz with my E6600@3.6GHz, the chip was the limitting factor there as 3.6GHz is as high as I've ever gotten it on any of my motherboards.
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#23
Disruptor4
eidairaman1 said:
i believe the 800 Chipset series is for Server Market.
Really? How lame...
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#24
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Disruptor4 said:
Really? How lame...
No. You have desktop chipsets in 8-series too.
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