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Tuesday, 03 May 2011 08:40

AMD introduces fastest quad-core

Written by Fudzilla staff


3.7GHz Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition
AMD has introduced its fastest quad-core processor to date, the Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition.

Clocked at 3.7GHz, the new part features 6MB of L3 cache and a 125W TDP. Like all Black Edition processors, the new Phenom is unlocked, allowing for hassle free overclocking and clocks north of 4GHz should not be a problem.

The previous 3.5GHz Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition sells for about €140 and the new part should come with a similar price tag.
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-42 #1 The blue fox 2011-05-03 09:09
Quote:
The new Phenom is unlocked, allowing for hassle free overclocking


Never found Intel chips to be a hassle to OC.
 
 
-54 #2 Warrior24_7 2011-05-03 10:31
The title is purposely misleading!
 
 
+25 #3 nele 2011-05-03 10:48
Quoting The blue fox:
Quote:
The new Phenom is unlocked, allowing for hassle free overclocking


Never found Intel chips to be a hassle to OC.



Yeah, but locked AMDs are... After all, we are talking about AMD here, not Intel.
 
 
+33 #4 JAB Creations 2011-05-03 11:05
Quoting The blue fox:
Never found Intel chips to be a hassle to OC.


Never found two Intel CPU's of the same socket to work on the same motherboard. :-*

In example the 533MHz and 800MHz P4's back at the end days of overpriced RDRAM. It's the same socket and it's not like Intel has ever hurted financially.
 
 
+31 #5 nele 2011-05-03 11:27
Quoting JAB Creations:
Quoting The blue fox:
Never found Intel chips to be a hassle to OC.


Never found two Intel CPU's of the same socket to work on the same motherboard. :-*

In example the 533MHz and 800MHz P4's back at the end days of overpriced RDRAM. It's the same socket and it's not like Intel has ever hurted financially.



Well they do what they're supposed to - they make you buy a new motherboard. ;-)
 
 
-2 #6 Boomstick777 2011-05-03 14:29
Quoting The blue fox:
Quote:
The new Phenom is unlocked, allowing for hassle free overclocking


Never found Intel chips to be a hassle to OC.







No matter how easy or how much you overclock the 3.7GHz Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition, it still won't match up to a 2500k/2600k. Intel has best bang for buck CPU with 2500k/2600k and P67 motherboards. Would rather see Bulldozer than another overpriced/underpowered x 4 core from AMD..
 
 
-16 #7 Boomstick777 2011-05-03 14:32
Quoting JAB Creations:
Quoting The blue fox:
Never found Intel chips to be a hassle to OC.


Never found two Intel CPU's of the same socket to work on the same motherboard. :-*

In example the 533MHz and 800MHz P4's back at the end days of overpriced RDRAM. It's the same socket and it's not like Intel has ever hurted financially.


I don't mind changing my motherboard for a new Intel CPU as it brings actual performance increase. I believe to use the new Bulldozer cpu's features, power state, etc that you will need a new motherboard also. Oh the irony..
 
 
+23 #8 The_Countess 2011-05-03 14:56
Quoting Boomstick777:
I don't mind changing my motherboard for a new Intel CPU as it brings actual performance increase.



I'd rather get the increase without a new motherboard, like when i put a x2 in my 939 motherboard.

Quote:
I believe to use the new Bulldozer cpu's features, power state, etc that you will need a new motherboard also. Oh the irony..

true, but its the first non-forward compatible socket change at AMD in 4 years,
as opposed to intel who has 4 to 5 different sockets in active circulation at the same time.
face it, intels sockets are a right mess at the moment.
 
 
-4 #9 Boomstick777 2011-05-03 15:15
Quoting The_Countess:
its the first non-forward compatible socket change at AMD in 4 years..




Yes thats becausce its the first CPU from AMD in 4 years thats brings any architectural improvements. Which is kind of my point! Lol, Intel have been bringing architectural improvements since core 2 duo and unfortunately that does require new socket but also gives more power/features..

AMD used to offer good value (bang for buck) in low to mid end CPU's but with 2500k/2600k Intel is killing them at bang for buck now aswell. AMD need Bulldozer asap..
 
 
+11 #10 Medallish 2011-05-03 16:04
Quoting Boomstick777:
Yes thats becausce its the first CPU from AMD in 4 years thats brings any architectural improvements.

Phenom II was an architectual improvement, there are motherboards from Asus that is supposedly compatible with Bulldozer, and let's not forget that before that Athlon X2's were working on same socket as Phenom. Intel could, but is probably trying to squeeze extra profits by not doing so, which is fine I guess, however where I'd have a problem is with Intels splitting up the sockets, LGA775 was good enough for high and low end, why must you have so many sockets for the I series? This is a thing AMD seems to always have been conistent on.
 

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