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AMD Phenom 9850 BLACK EDITION Quad-Core 2.5GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Processor HD985ZXAGHBOX
  • 4000MHz Hyper Transports
  • 65 nm
  • 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 2MB L3 Cache

5 out of 5 eggs Excellant CPU for the money 05/15/2008

This review is from: AMD Phenom 9850 BLACK EDITION Quad-Core 2.5GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Processor HD985ZXAGHBOX

Pros:

With over 25 years of computer bulding experience since my first Heathkit when I was 26, I have considerable excitement over the newest X4 CPU offering from AMD. Very cool idle temps with stock heatsink, average of 35 compared to a Sempron 3000 at 27 with an ambient temp of 27 C on the exact same setup with the same heatsink. Quadcore handles multiple tasks simultainiously with ease. Running 4 CPU burn-in programs at once brought load temp to 57 C with the stock heatsink after 30 minutes. Very acceptable as real world computing will never reach 100% loading as this test did. Compared to my overclocked Opteron 165 socket 939 at 2400Mhz this X4 at 2500Mhz stock with 2 additional cores is a real workhorse. In benchmarking programs ( Soft Sandra, PCMark5, etc. ) and in daily use this CPU has consistantly out preformed the Opteron by a huge margin. Price was very reasonable and the heat pipe equipped stock heatsink was a nice surprise. Rock solid stable at stock Mhz.

Cons:

Small catche size (512) can slow down some programs. AMD should provide Artic Silver 5 TIM instead of old school silicone compound. Older AM2 Motherboards will require that you download the latest BIOS for the CPU to be recognized.

Other Thoughts:

Working system: Antec 900 case with ULTRA X2 1000 watt PS, ASUS M2N32SLI-Deluxe MB version 1.2, Corsair Dominater 4GB PC6400 memory, 4 Seagate Barracuda 250GB hard drives in RAID 0+1, 2 XFX 8600GT GPUs in SLI mode, Creative X-Fi Audigy Gamer's edition sound card, BIOS 1903 running XP Pro 24 hours a day.

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