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AMD Phenom X4 9850, 9750 and 9550
Posted by newsbot on April 11th 2008

Those into massive multi-tasking or highly threadedapplications willbenefit the most from a quad-core processor, but even with AMD'smassive steps forwards, we still feel the Q6600 is the slightly betterpurchase, regardless of the small £10 price difference. Both can beoverclocked, but the Phenom X4s are much hotter and less tolerant toheat in comparison. At just over 60˚C our Phenom at 2.8GHz was stable,but at just under 70˚C it locked up. If you can keep it cool then it should really work for you, howevereven with an expensive, large and very capable ZeroTherm cooler westill couldn't keep it cool at a quite reasonable 1.45V. Admittedly65nm Core 2 Quads are hot runners at high voltage too, but they seem tobe more tolerant of higher temperatures and the Intel 65nm processseems to leak less current.What AMD is missing is a K10 dual core – its mainstream 65nm parts arebeing revamped, but slowly, and they are still based on the old K8 coreso Intel is leaving them far, far behind. I don't understand it – whypush a new process technology onto the most complex parts first? Whyaren't we seeing new, lower wattage, high clocked dual-core processors?Regardless of that, AMD Enthusiasts should have some fun with thePhenom X4 9850 Black Edition and it’s good to see AMD “back in thegame.” Hopefully with some elaborate watercooling or phase changesetups (pictures in the forums, please!) we should see some prettyawesome overclocking endeavours, and what’s more, for around £150 it'ssomething most of you can afford to enjoy.

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