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Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition Tested

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In the weeks to come, AMD will introduce its triple-core processors based on the 45 nm Heka core, starting off with the Phenom II X3 700 series. One of the first SKUs in the series would be the overclocker-friendly Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition. Based on the Heka core, it holds three x86 processing cores, 512 KB of L2 cache per core and a shared 6 MB L3 cache. The chip is specified to run at 2.80 GHz (200 MHz x 14.0), and features an unlocked bus frequency multiplier. It comes with a rated TDP of 95W. Turkish website Donanim Haber put an engineering sample carrying its specs to test on both DDR3 and DDR2 platforms based on Gigabyte's GA-MA790FXT-UD5 and MA790FX-DQ6, to find out its mettle.

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I'm buying one when I get a job :D
 
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So no performance difference with DDR3...well that makes my next motherboard choice easy enough (which ever I can afford at the time).

Looks like a phenomenal chip though, runs cool, reaches 3.7Ghz. Me likely :D
 

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Yea DDR2 FTW. Even if I had a lot of money for DDR3 I would just get a better processor or video card.
 

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4 core cpu with one core disabled. = X3
 
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Yea DDR2 FTW. Even if I had a lot of money for DDR3 I would just get a better processor or video card.
There's some pretty decent DDR3 kits for £100 now, so if I could afford a board and RAM I'd definitely go for it.
 

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Yeah im in no rush to use ddr3. Maybe I'm crazy though..
 
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Nice to see black edition X3s. Though I'm assuming a Phenom X3 is an X3 because it failed some quality testing and didn't satisfy X4 standards? In which case overclocking performance might be hurt. Or am I wrong?
 

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Nice to see black edition X3s. Though I'm assuming a Phenom X3 is an X3 because it failed some quality testing and didn't satisfy X4 standards? In which case overclocking performance might be hurt. Or am I wrong?
Usually not. It's usually just one weak or faulty core, which is disabled.
 

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hmm i'm tempted to order one
 

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Very nice, I would like to see Intel counter this with some unlocked Core 2 Duo's, not that unlocking them would really help overclocking drastically on the Core 2's. Hopefully, this at leasts leads to some price drops.

Nice to see black edition X3s. Though I'm assuming a Phenom X3 is an X3 because it failed some quality testing and didn't satisfy X4 standards? In which case overclocking performance might be hurt. Or am I wrong?
Not really, usually the part that would hurt overclocking is also the part that is disabled.
 

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Damn! Got it to 3.7GHz with a 1.47 voltage! Hot damn!
 
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So no performance difference with DDR3...well that makes my next motherboard choice easy enough (which ever I can afford at the time).

Looks like a phenomenal chip though, runs cool, reaches 3.7Ghz. Me likely :D
Technically there is more overclocking headroom with DDR3 with less voltage, but moderate OCs like 4.0-4.5ghz would do more than fine sticking with DDR2.
 
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Thats a great overclock! I can't to see what the quads can do!
 

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Technically there is more overclocking headroom with DDR3 with less voltage, but moderate OCs like 4.0-4.5ghz would do more than fine sticking with DDR2.
aint that the truth, you buy higher clocked ram so you're not technically overclocking it, just the CPU.
 
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well depending on certain stuff the BE/FX is my choice.
 
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great overclock , and there is not too much difference with phenom2 x4
 

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Always low end with you :laugh:

Get the 940, it's cheap. I could buy 3 of them.
well to say this not everyone can afford the CPU you have in your sig let alone a Q9770, Intels ive noticed tend to stay higher in price.