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AMD Introduces New Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Processor

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AMD announced a platform refresh today for Dragon platform technology, including the new AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition processor. As AMD’s fastest ever quad-core processor, it brings all the capabilities gamers, enthusiasts and do-it-yourselfers have come to expect from AMD, including world record setting performance, high-speed DDR3 memory support and AMD OverDrive 3.0 technology, giving users more control over their computing experience.

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Super Special Awesome. Although I heard (from OverClocker's club review of 955BE) that the 955BE doesn't overclock that well, not as close as 940 was able to, which is a small minus.
But still, go AMD!
 

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Meh..does it come in tri-core.lol
 
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yay for competition! go amd go :toast:
 
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So what makes it better than my 940 BE?:laugh:
 

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So what makes it better than my 940 BE?:laugh:
DDR3.

Mind you I got a 940BE myself and see no reason to upgrade. DDR2 isn't going anywhere for a while still.
 
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DDR3.

Mind you I got a 940BE myself and see no reason to upgrade. DDR2 isn't going anywhere for a while still.
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You can run DDR2 533 and get almost the same speed out of Phenom as with DDR3 1333, fyi. It's like a single digit % difference.

The advantage to the DDR3 Phenom II CPUs is a higher clocked northbridge, meaning a higher-clocked L3 cache. It's 2.0 GHz vs. 1.8 GHz, I believe. That's good for a few % more. Of course, a PII owner can always jump into the BIOS and set his chip to a faster north bridge multiplier and almost all of them seem to be able to do 2.2 GHz or better.
 
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Untrue, you can just increase the multiplier on PHII AM2+ 940 BE. issue, solved.

I do 2.6 ghz nb and HT-link. ive seen 945 with 3.3 ghz ht-link, and THAT IS something.
 

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Looks like the limit for these chips and pretty much all the AM3 Phenoms is 3.7Ghz on air. Not bad, but I think Intel overclocks better for the same price.
 

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Mine is on the way! Excepts is coming from California not Jersey :(
 

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Super Special Awesome. Although I heard (from OverClocker's club review of 955BE) that the 955BE doesn't overclock that well, not as close as 940 was able to, which is a small minus.
But still, go AMD!
4.2ghz on air 4.8ghz on DICE easily with out pusing voltages

You can run DDR2 533 and get almost the same speed out of Phenom as with DDR3 1333, fyi. It's like a single digit % difference.

The advantage to the DDR3 Phenom II CPUs is a higher clocked northbridge, meaning a higher-clocked L3 cache. It's 2.0 GHz vs. 1.8 GHz, I believe. That's good for a few % more. Of course, a PII owner can always jump into the BIOS and set his chip to a faster north bridge multiplier and almost all of them seem to be able to do 2.2 GHz or better.
wrong just wrong i have run both highend DDR2 (1200+) and highend DDR3 (1800) you notice a difference in anything memory intensive

Looks like the limit for these chips and pretty much all the AM3 Phenoms is 3.7Ghz on air. Not bad, but I think Intel overclocks better for the same price.

i hit 4.2ghz
 
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whoohoo!

Mine is on the way! Excepts is coming from California not Jersey :(
mine is out for delivery right now! =]

i already flashed the BIOS for this now I just gotta get home and pop that puppy in and shelf the old crusty Phenom 9500!
 
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Unfortunately, PhII X4 955 is priced the same as i7 920 in Canada. If I had to choose between either one, I'd go for i7 920 since I can make a nice use of 8 threads.
I need to pay for 40 CAD more for a X58 motherboard.
 
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Unfortunately, PhII X4 955 is priced the same as i7 920 in Canada. If I had to choose between either one, I'd go for i7 920 since I can make a nice use of 8 threads.
I need to pay for 40 CAD more for a X58 motherboard.
i'll keep supporting the little dog as long as the performance is sufficient which isnt hard to do especially these days with vid cards doing a lot of the heavy lifting
 
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I don't care about supporting "the little dog" personally to be honest. All I care about is what I can get the best out of my money and my interest additionally.
 
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I don't care about supporting "the little dog" personally to be honest. All I care about is what I can get the best out of my money and my interest additionally.

I agree with that generally but with AMD and Intel it is different. besides you will still pay more for the supporting components for your i7

its been said a million times but if AMD went under you wouldnt have any Intel cpus being reasonably priced

so with this AMD/Intel war you should keep that in mind and help out the little dog every once in awhile or you are just being a short-sighted consumer
 
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I agree with that generally but with AMD and Intel it is different. besides you will still pay more for the supporting components for your i7

its been said a million times but if AMD went under you wouldnt have any Intel cpus being reasonably priced

so with this AMD/Intel war you should keep that in mind and help out the little dog every once in awhile or you are just being a short-sighted consumer
I am glad to be a short-sighted consumer. At least, I am only short-sighted rather than completely blinded by fanboyism. (Not meant at you.)
I am no sage or anything. I am just a mere person.
 
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wrong just wrong i have run both highend DDR2 (1200+) and highend DDR3 (1800) you notice a difference in anything memory intensive
Feel free to back that up because everything I've seen points to a very minimal improvement from even a dramatic improvement in bandwidth. You can leave out the synthetic memory benchmarks.

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/phenom-ii-x4-810_8.html
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/phenom-ii-x4-810_10.html
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/phenom-ii-x4-810_11.html

Games seem to show the biggest gains of maybe 10% or so between DDR2-800 and DDR3-1600. Non-games are less, approaching the insignificant, as I said.

This older review of the Phenom I with DDR2-533 and DDR2-1066 shows the same.
http://ixbtlabs.com/articles3/cpu/amd-phenom-x4-9850-ddr2-533-p1.html
"Twofold difference on one hand, and 3% performance gain on the other hand - do you need any comments?" :)

In my opinion, DDR3 vs. DDR2 is just like the old DD1 vs. DDR2 situation. DDR1 and DDR2 were about the same in performance, but DDR2 was on the way in and DDR1 on the way out. The move to DDR3 isn't as much for performance as it is a future-proofing of the platform. DDR3 apparently has some advantages in power usage though, which may be nice in notebooks.
 
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