Punishing the new Phenom
Subject: Processors | January 26, 2009 - 02:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The arrival of the Phenom II X4 940 heralds a slew of overclocking articles
as tech reviewers try to figure out just how hard AMDs new line can be pushed. TechSpot limited themselves to air cooling, which meant they topped out at a hair over 3.6GHz. As with previous AMD chips, it is the Black Edition CPUs and their unlocked multiplier that the dedicated overclockers are going to want to grab. AMD may not have taken the performance crown from Intel, but their performance per dollar has increased incredibly.
"Just two weeks ago AMD launched their new Phenom II X4 processors. As we learned in our
review, the flagship model also known as the Phenom II X4 940 performs on par with its Core 2
Quad competition, which comes as great news for AMD who was severely lagging behind Intel
before this launch.
Now, when it comes to overclocking, it's not how far you can increase the clock speeds that
matters the most, but rather how well the processor scales and therefore performs once
We will find that out as we push the Phenom II X4 940 through a series of tests running at
3.60GHz. It'll also have to face some fierce competition from a range of Intel Core 2 and
Core i7 processors. And of course, we'll illustrate you on what was involved in getting this
overclock out of the Phenom II X4."
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