AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition CPU Review

Although much of the scuttlebutt lately has revolved around AMD’s upcoming Llano and Bulldozer-based APUs, the company isn’t done pushing the envelope with their existing processor designs. In case you haven’t noticed, over the last few months AMD has continued to ramp up frequencies on their current bread-and-butter Phenom II processor line-up to the point where they’re now flirting with the 4GHz mark. We should also point out that AMD has done so with little disruption to their relatively low pricing structure; as a newer, faster processor is released in a given product family, it occupies the historic top spot while the existing products have simply been pushed down the stack to lower price points.

Maybe we’re being a bit optimistic, but today’s launch of the Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition marks the release of AMD’s highest clocked processor yet, technically speaking. While the six-core Phenom II X6 1100T can Turbo up to 3.7GHz on half of its cores under certain conditions, the new quad-core Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition’s default clock on all four of its cores is 3.7GHz...

AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition CPU Review

Via:  HotHardware
LBowen 3 years ago

Great Review, I was expecting the AMD processor to beat Intel in at least one test but I guess they are waiting until their next big release. Love to see competition between Intel and AMD which tends to equal improvements and better pricing for us consumers.

Intel gets the cake on this one though with the more powerful and energy conserving processor. The cake is double-layered and has strawberries.

Drake_McNasty 3 years ago

Great review Marco, I had no idea they were releasing another phenom x4. That puppy sucks down the juice!!!! I feel like most people have their 955 or 965 oc'd past 3.7 already and are waiting for bulldozer at this point before they upgrade.

coolice 3 years ago

I'll be honest... i've given up on this line.... I dont care what cpu they come out with for this architecture, am going to wait to see whats next. Nothing against HH or Marco.... but this product, it feels almost redundant.

coolice 3 years ago

maybe its just the mood i'm in (I dont have a job, and the weather in Toronto the past couple of weeks has been sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Gloomy), but after reading this article, i was just like... Meh, whatever AMD.

AKwyn 3 years ago

So AMD put the most performance they can into this processor, just like what Intel did with it's 2006 Extreme Edition.

Not to say they're not bad processors but they're clearing out to make way for Bulldozer, which I'm very excited for.

rrplay 3 years ago

Can't really get all that excited about this processor  but it may be an upgrade for some that are just buying a bit of time before a total system upgrade .Just think that a 965/970 would be a much better value with the OC. would still need a better heatsink ...anyways how much time would one want to buy ?

Thanks Marco for the review and with grey and chilly weather around here lately [most unusual for May]

I'll take a prolonged kat-snooooze with this one.


Mishotaki 3 years ago

so... it gets it's ass kicked by an intel processor that is twice it's price? i'd rather get most of a new system at the same price that the i7 970 cost instead of paying double of what it should cost me to make a new rig...

rrplay 3 years ago

I was actually referring to:

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz  $140.00
AMD Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition Deneb 3.6GHz  $190.00

not the Intel's at all,

for an upgrade for those that already have AM3 sockets.


RonJohn 3 years ago

Worse. At NewEgg, the i7-970 is 3.65x more expensive than the Phenom II X4 970 but is only 20% faster at PCMarks, and 46% faster at "Communications" (whatever that is...).

detnight 3 years ago

I think I see one of these in going into my rig very soon

DHampton 3 years ago

One thing that is funny if you look at benchmark result of phenom II processors vs I-7 the i7 is considerably faster at impractical applications like super low res gaming wierd compression formats. But the phenom II is on par or passing at medium high res gaming. And regular zip iso formats that being said the i7 is 3.5 times more expensive. Also not to mention I have had 100% success rate buying the phenom II x2 555 processor and unlocking to 955 so 89 dollars and I now have a i7 940 equivalent.

But at this point I think unless your seriously behind the curve you should wait to buy. Till new line comes out

Crisis Causer 3 years ago

Has anyone actually seen these for sale?  I haven't seen them in stock anywhere.

rrplay 3 years ago

[quote user="Crisis Causer"]

Has anyone actually seen these for sale?  I haven't seen them in stock anywhere.


Provantage had them at 205.00 out of stock at this time If you need the AM3 socket the 975 Black Edition

just OC the difference and use a decent cooler

samin62 3 years ago

again AMD delivers with amazing price point, can't believe I used to be a intel fanboy.

LBowen 3 years ago

Can't believe you guys are just giving this away, HotHardware is so freaking awesome.

PMontoya 3 years ago

i like that amd is bringing out this well priced products

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