AMD Phenom X4 9500 and 9600 Quad-Core Action
|AMD Phenom X4 9500 and 9600 Quad-Core Action|
|Synthetic Benchmarks - Page 1|
|Synthetic Benchmarks - Page 2|
|Overclocking and Power Usage|
|Final Thoughts and Conclusion|
Well the time has finally come, after months of hearing about AMD's pending quad-core CPU's, they've finally arrived. Intel's quad-core CPU's have been on the market for a while now, but now they have some direct competition.
We have both the 9500 and the 9600 quad-core Phenoms on the bench today, and will put them up against each other and see what they are capable of. We will be using a full AMD Spider platform, with the Gigabyte GA-MA790FX-DQ6 using the new AMD 790FX chipset, and an ATI HD 3850 video card.
Throughout the review I will be referring back to our previous review of the Intel QX6700 that we did a while back for a rough comparison.
The Phenom X4 9500 has an estimated MSRP of $247 USD, and the Phenom X4 9600 has an estimated MSRP of $278 USD, if these prices prove to be true the Phenom X4 line for processors could be a very affordable Quad-Core solution for most users.
Phenom X4 Series:
|Model||Speed||Socket||L2 Cache||L3 Cache||HT Bus||TDP||Launch|
|Phenom X4 9700||2.4 GHz||AM2+||4 x 512KB||2MB||4.0 GHz||125W||Nov.19, 2007|
|Phenom X4 9600||2.3 GHz||AM2+||4 x 512KB||2MB||3.6 GHz||89W||Nov.19, 2007|
|Phenom X4 9500||2.2 GHz||AM2+||4 x 512KB||2MB||3.6 GHz||89W||Nov 19, 2007|
AMD has also announced a line of Triple-Core Phenom X3 processors, and the estimated launch date will be March, 2008.
AMD Phenom 9500 and 9600 - Test Setup:
For our test system we are using a full AMD Spider system, we've got the full Phenom/Radeon/790FX combo for our review.
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