Home

News

Forums

Hardware

CPUs

Motherboards

Video

Guides

CPU Prices

RAM Prices

Compare Prices



Sharky Extreme : CPU Reviews & Articles April 11, 2009





Be a Marketplace Partner








 Advertising Info

About the Double-Underlined Links



 - Most Active Threads
 - Technical Support
 - CPUs & Overclocking



Latest News


- SanDisk Upgrades its USB Memory Card Readers
- Maingear Introduces the GeForce 3D Vision-powered Prelude 2
- Nintendo Will Introduce the DSi Handheld on April 5
- Toshiba To Buy Fujitsu's Hard Drive Business
- Samsung to Produce High-Performance 50nm GDDR5
News Archives

Features

- SharkyExtreme.com: Interview with Microsoft's Dan Odell
- SharkyExtreme.com: Interview with ATI's Terry Makedon
- SharkyExtreme.com: Interview with Seagate's Joni Clark
- Half-Life 2 Review
- DOOM 3 Review

Buyer's Guides

- February High-end Gaming PC Buyer's Guide
- November Value Gaming PC Buyer's Guide
- September Extreme Gaming PC Buyer's Guide

HARDWARE

  • CPUs

    - AMD Phenom II X3 720 BE & X4 810 Review

  • Motherboards

    - Gigabyte X48T-DQ6 Motherboard Review
    - Intel DX48BT2 (X48) Motherboard Review
    - AMD 790GX Chipset Review
    - Gigabyte GA-MA790FX-DS5 Motherboard Review

  • Video Cards


    internet.commerce
    Be a Commerce Partner














    internet.com
    IT
    Developer
    Internet News
    Small Business
    Personal Technology

    Search internet.com
    Advertise
    Corporate Info
    Newsletters
    Tech Jobs
    E-mail Offers


  •   


    AMD Phenom X4 9950 BE & 9350e Review
    By Vince Freeman :  July 2, 2008

    Value

    AMD has finally made good on their promise of a 2.6 GHz Phenom X4 9950, and a Black Edition to boot, but we were interested to see at what retail price it would be introduced. The $235 1KU price is a bit of a surprise, especially given that it's at the same level as the 2.5 GHz Phenom X4 9850. This latest Black Edition will also push the Phenom X4 9850 into standard mode, although older BE versions will still be available. The 65W Phenom X4 9350e is set at $195, which puts it on par with the 95W 2.3 GHz Phenom X4 9650. This is still an excellent value for those looking at a low-power Phenom X4, and especially attractive to AM2 motherboard owners seeking a quad core upgrade.

    At this price level, there is very little in terms of Intel quad core competitors, and most of the processors in the $200+ range are mainstream Core 2 Duo models like the 2.66 GHz E6750 and E6850, which hover just under the $200 level. The newer Core 2 Duo E8200 (2.66 GHz) and E8400 (3.0 GHz) are in the same range, but the 3.16 GHz Core 2 Duo E8500 jumps up considerably to over $250. In terms of Intel quad cores, the $200 Core 2 Quad E6600 is still the lowest priced, and moving any higher on the list brings up uncomfortably close to the $300 level.

    * Please note that these prices were taken at the time of review and are not meant to reflect long-term trends.

    Conclusion

    The Phenom processor has had an interesting life so far, including the initial TLB bug and a switch in the naming conventions, and AMD is really looking to turn another page with the newest models. Both processors have their pros and cons. The Phenom X4 9950 BE is the fastest AMD quad core, and sports an attractive $235 price tag and a not-so-attractive 140W TDP. The Phenom X4 9350e is a far more intriguing product release, as it is the first low-power quad core, checking in at a frugal 65W, and sporting a sub-$200 price tag. Of course, at only 2.0 GHz, performance suffers a bit, especially with games, but multithreading speed and multi-tasking smoothness are good.

    Phenom X4 9950 Black Edition Ratings

    Pros:

    • Fastest AMD Quad
    • Competitive Price
    • High-end Multi-threading Performance
    • Unlocked Multiplier
    • 3.0+ GHz Overclocking

    Cons:

    • 140W TDP
    • Mainstream Gaming Performance

    Ratings:





    Phenom X4 9350e Ratings

    Pros:

    • 65W TDP
    • Lowest Power Quad at Load
    • Competitive Multi-threading Performance

    Cons:

    • 2.0 GHz Clock Speed
    • Disappointing Gaming Performance

    Ratings:




    Page 1 The Phenom X4 9950 BE & 9350e Processors
    Page 2 Test Setup and Benchmark Software
    Page 3 PCMark05 Pro Performance
    Page 4 SiSoft SANDRA 2008 XII SP2 Performance
    Page 5 CINEBENCH 9.5/10 and WinRAR Performance
    Page 6 MPEG-2, DivX, WMV, and High-Def Video Encoding Performance
    Page 7 3DMark06 Pro, DOOM 3 and FarCry Performance
    Page 8 Quake 4, Prey and Splinter Cell: CT Performance
    Page 9 Company of Heroes, F.E.A.R. and Supreme Commander Performance
    Page 10 Benchmark Analysis, Overclocking and System Power Consumption
  • Page 11 Value and Conclusion


    Copyright(c) 2009 Jupitermedia Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Legal Notices | Licensing , Reprints , & Permissions | Privacy Policy


    internet.commediabistro.comJusttechjobs.comGraphics.com

    Search:

    WebMediaBrands Corporate Info

    Legal Notices, Licensing, Reprints, Permissions, Privacy Policy.
    Advertise | Newsletters | Shopping | E-mail Offers