AMD Phenom X4 9350e and 9950 BE Debut

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Before we bring this article to a close, we'd like to cover a few final data points. Throughout all of our benchmarking and testing, we monitored how much power our test systems were consuming using a power meter. Our goal was to give you an idea as to how much power each configuration consumed while idling and under a heavy workload. Please keep in mind that we were testing total system power consumption at the outlet here, not just the power being drawn by the motherboards alone.

Total System Power Consumption
Tested at the Outlet

The Phenom X4 9950 Black Edition and X4 9350e couldn't be more different from a power-consumption perspective.  As expected, the higher-clocked X4 9950 with its 140 watt TDP consumed the more power under load than any of the other processors we tested.  The 65W Phenom X4 9350e, however, was much more power friendly and consumed only slightly more power than a dual-core Athlon 64 X2 4600+.  Also note, that with a different motherboard, the AMD power consumption scores would likely be even lower, as the early revision Gigabyte 790FX motherboard we used for testing consumes more power than some other 790FX-based products.

Update: Because the new Phenom X4 9350e is an energy efficient CPU targeted at more mainstream users, and won't necessarily be paired up with a high-end motherboard and graphics card like we used for the testing above, we decided to take it for a spin in a micro-ATX AMD-780G based Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H motherboard as well.  With a more power friendly board like this, using the IGP, power consumption was considerably lower.  In fact, the Phenom X4 9350e idled at around 69 watts and peaked under load at 132 watts.  That's a huge difference in comparison to the 790FX / 8800 GTX combo above.

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Crisis Causer 6 years ago

Wow, that 9950 is power hungry.  Eek.  They gotta get that down.  Not bad performance, but it's still the same architecture so it's gonna lag behind Intel in many things.

ice91785 6 years ago
I don't really like re-releases of a same core just with "higher clocks" -- if its the same architecture why not just release it with the rest of the series?
rapid1 6 years ago
Yeah but at least there getting more up to speed. I hate to say it but even as an AMD enthusiast who's thinking about building a new system I don't know. The power is no issue I'm looking at either the HYPER 885 or 1200 watt unit for power so thats no issue at all. However Intel is supposed to release a totally new CPU in the next 6 months. With the last 2 years of results in processor output and the performance variables I might have to just go intel and DDR3.
ice_73 6 years ago
rapid, perhaps youd be interested in uying my 1250 watt psu?
ice91785 6 years ago

I have faith in AMD -- look what just happened between ATI and nVidia! I believe DAMIT is just starting to get their feet under them from the merger way back and beginning to make headway....its only a matter of time

I say this as no fanboi of either AMD or Intel -- just as a guy hoping for good competition


Anonymous 6 years ago

 Hey guys, I have been tweaking some Phenoms and I have found some interesting stuff. Amd phenom is performing better on higher resolutions given the same video card. Would you guys mind testing this for me ? It would really be helpful.  In particular the 9950 even though the 9850 would still be good if that is all you have access to.

Anonymous 6 years ago

 I am bumping this. I am suprised no one is as curious as me.

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