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Phenom II X4 965 Black AM3 3.4Ghz 512KB 45NM 125W 4000MHZ

100% Positive Reviews


Pros: 100 bucks, quad core, overclocks easily, very reliable

Cons: Runs somewhat warm over 4 gig's

I bought this for my third build this year after having an 1100t 6-core, and an FX-8120 previously. The 1100t was sweet but the fx was a dud, to say the least. This processor outperforms them both in every test and application that I have thrown at it! I cool it with the stock cooler that came with the FX (it's beefier than the one that came with this one) and I'm running 4.2 gig without overheating it. When I swapped the cooler from my fx, a Zalman 9900 max, I could get 4.45 gig and still not hit 76 celcius... wow! My video editing encodes and burns movies in 14 to 23 minutes depending on the size of the file. I really regret not sticking with the phenom on ALL of my builds but we live and learn right? The price to performance is light years ahead of intel although I'm smart enough to admit that if you have the money, Intel has the speed... (dang I hate admitting that lol) I would definitely reccommend this to anyone that wants good performance and doesnt need the Intel name. thumb.gif


Pros: great combo of speed and cores

Cons: Runs hot at indle

This is a great 4-core CPU for those on a budget. I've been using Intel since the Pentium 4 and decided on a change. what set this CPU apart from the other Phenoms is its balance between cores and speed. you get 3.4Ghz (which is great speed for the games I play) and 4 cores for around $120 US.

the numbers break down to:

(1) 825Mhz core = ~$30 , Not a bad deal

I've heard the AMD bashing going around and I must say that after overclocking and under-clocking it (sometimes multiple times in the same day) this chip hasn't failed me yet. and for what I do with it, I can't see any reason to shell out more money on an Intel equivalent.


Pros: Great valure AMD chip, Excellent revision; Overclocks VERY well.

Cons: Runs a bit warm for my needs, pulls 175w+ at 4ghz, outgunned by comparable Intel products.

When I purchased this item, I was moving up from an old Phenom x4 9850 Black Edition which would not let me get above 3.2ghz and stay stable. This chip was a great buy for the time and it has suited my needs (Folding, Transcoding, Gaming, Non-Hardware Encryption, etc.) very nicely considering that even in March of 2010, it was seriously outgunned by comparably priced Intel chips. At 4ghz under water, the C3 revision of this chip is a very good performer for the price. If you build low-end systems that are not going to be used in heavily-threaded applications, but still need a bit of brawn for daily use, this chip offers some decent performance and OC flexibility. I was able to get this beast up as high as 4.7ghz at one point, but only 4.5ghz would allow me into windows, and only 4.2ghz would allow me to use my system fully with 90% stability.


That goes for ANY CPU/GPU/RAM overclocking, and remember: If you cannot afford to lose it, don't OC it, Volt-mod it or otherwise run it out of spec!

All OC talk aside, I think that you may be better suited and futureproofed by selecting something form Intel or perhaps snagging a Phenom II x6. This chip has been good to me and I love it, but I am certain that in two years, I will look on this chip as I did on my Athlon 64 x2's and the Pentium 4's before that. Keeping up with the best hardware is fine and dandy, but for basic needs that do not require a large amount of threads (or cash, for that matter), AMD is a good place to go.

Phenom II X4 965 Black AM3 3.4Ghz 512KB 45NM 125W 4000MHZ

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition, 125W, AM3, 8MB Cache, 3400MHz

BindingPersonal Computers
FeatureHas the latest C3 stepping for enhanced electrical and thermal stability; now able to run 1600 and 1800 DDR3
Is Autographed0
Is Memorabilia0
Height3 inches
Length5 inches
Weight1.06 pounds
Width4.4 inches
List Price$144.99
Package Quantity1
Product GroupPC Accessory
TitlePhenom II X4 965 Black AM3 3.4Ghz 512KB 45NM 125W 4000MHZ
Number Of Items1
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