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AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition
by Marc Prieur
Published on September 5, 2009

While Intel’s Socket 775 platform has not developed in terms of performances for more than a year and a half (the QX9770 dates from November 2007!), AMD continues, bit by bit, to catch up on the Core 2 Quads, developing first its Phenom then Phenom II ranges. After having launched the Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition at 3.2 GHz last April, AMD has returned with a new jump of 200 MHz with the Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition.
For 200 MHz more
The pricing news is good with AMD launching its new processor at the same price as the current 955, namely $245. The 955 has not been cut for the moment, nor has the rest of the range.

The second bit of news is not quite as good however, as in order to clock this one high while retaining the same C2 revision of the processor, AMD has forced the voltage up from 1.35 to 1.4v, which brings the TDP up from 125 to 140W.

Designed for the AM3 Socket, it is, like all the processors of this type, backwards compatible with AM2+ Sockets. With the AM3 it can be paired with DDR3 (up to 1333) and with the AM2+ with DDR2 (up to 1066). As we have demonstrated in the past, the gains brought by DDR3 are relatively minor on this platform, so if you already have memory or if you’re a bit strapped for cash, the AM2+ is a viable choice.

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