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AMD Black Edition AMD Phenom II X4 955 / 3.2 GHz processor
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Product neatly packaged and included the AMD chip plus a heatsink/fan. Assembled quickly and the heatsink included pre applied thermal paste. Along side 4GB of RAM this is a great cpu for the money. Fully recommended.
Well what can I say, I bought this with a motherboard for a little more than a package deal from PC World. What did I get? I got a considerably superior product, with the versatility to fit into both my current motherboard AM2+ socket and an AM3 socket should I upgrade my motherboard and RAM in the future.
The box includes a CPU, fitting instructions and a heatsink/fan with thermal grease already applied. Fitting it was simple and easy and all went smoothly, though as with most fans on this socket it was a tight fit.
Performance wise, it is what it says it is really and all the reviews speak highly, at the time of writing an upper-mid range processor. Then again I was going from a Athlon X2 3600+ dual core processor running at 2.01 GHz to this so I'd been prepared to be wowed. Being a Black Edition it's easily overclocked though with my current PSU and the stock heatsink I didn't take it past 3.5GHz.
Given the price, the performance and the versatility with socket this is an excellent buy for anyone considering upgrading their CPU.
If you are experienced with computer hardware then this review may seem pointless as I shall be basing it around the less enthusiastic end user. If you are looking for a processor to fit an AMD motherboard, the Phenom X4 955 Black Edition is perhaps the best performance for value you can buy at the time of writing this review. AMD do provide 6 core Phenom processors but unless you use very high demanding video editing software I feel it will be waste. This processor is designed for a gaming enthusiast since games developers are just starting to make games that use quad core processors.
But why not buy a quad core phenom with a higher clock speed (xxGHz)? Well, the 'Black Edition' AMD processors come with an 'unlocked multiplier'. This in simple terms means you can make the clock speed just as much as it's bigger brothers, while keeping the price down. And for the less informed, AMD have made it easier by providing AMD Overdrive for download on their website. This program has both simple and advanced controls to supplement everyone.
A little research will show that the 955 BE will work on AM2+, AM3 and AM3+ motherboards (there are limitations which will be explained on your motherboard website). This means that even if you decide to upgrade your motherboard (I went from AGP to PCI-E) you can still keep the same processor, saving money.
Typing the processor name into google will provide a plethora of top reviews and comments from all over the world about this diverse and solid processor. The stock cooling is efficient, I have found it possible to overclock to 3.6-3.8 GHz without changing the voltage (I don't like changing the voltage, but it can yield amazing results). I have friends that have the 955 BE at 4GHz+.
Incase anyone was wandering, the 955 BE gives a 7.3 processor windows performance index rating out of a maximum 7.9 at stock clock speeds and voltage (although I feel this requires some sort of update for the next generation).
I urge anyone looking for an AMD processor to buy this, as it represents real value for money without skimping on performance.
EDIT: I have my Phenom II x4 955 BE running at 4GHz now. The voltage is set to 'auto' (which isn't ideal for overclocking as the motherboard can provide unnecessarily high voltage which leads to more heat). It seems stable after running various 'stress test' applications, but I feel the stock cooler does not provide adequate cooling for overclocking of this sort. The fan is noisy when it is anywhere near 70%+ spin. I have noticed that after several weeks the heatsink and fan seem very clean compared to others after the same timescale (The intake on the side of my case has no filter and the black colour is coated in dust. Very amateur of me, but it is on my list).Read more ›
I got this chp about 2-3 weeks back and what can i really say... Easy installation, Exceptional performance and yet to record no major issues. well there is one if you plan on playing demanding games then dont use the stock heatsink it works good but not amazing. Otherwise yes totally recommended by me for its amazing performance at the exact right price!!
For the money, this processor really is the mut's nuts! My previous Athlon X64 X2 5900+ was bottlenecking my system terribly, but since I installed this and got it working, it's like I strapped a rocket to my PC. The only trouble is, I'm too cheap-ass to buy the proper motherboard, so I'm using it in an AM2+ socket. You need to be careful when you install the CPU like this, since many manufacturers have only recently updated their bios' to include AM3 processors. If you don't have the right bios version (not necessarily the latest), it throttles the CPU down to 800MHz rather than the 3.2GHz it's rated to. But that aside, I couldn't be more pleased. Recommended.
I currently have the cpu overclocked to 3.6GHz. There is plenty more to go but I'm buying a proper heatsink fan as the stock one provided is absolutely awful. It sounds like an airplane taking off. It's a v.good cpu for gaming if anyone is thinking of upgrading on a budget.
Pros: Excellent at multitasking, gaming and overclocking.
Cons: Fan is terrible so make sure you buy a separate one with the cpu(mine is on order!)
Other info: 3.2Ghz stock @ 37 degrees idle and 45 under load. 3.6Ghz overclocked @40 degrees idle and 52 under load.
One other thing. Amazon are really slipping with postage timing. There's no point in paying for standard (3-4 day) posting as it took nearly two weeks for this to arrive. So basically i could of got the super saver delivery and it would have cost nothing for the same delivery times.