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[XBit]AMD Unveils Phenom X4 9950 Black Edition Chip

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Advanced Micro Devices, the world’s second largest maker of x86 central processing units, has added yet another quad-core processor aimed at performance-minded customers into its family of products. The new chip still cannot match high-end offerings from Intel Corp., however, may still keep AMD’s loyal customers with the company and increase the firm’s average selling price.

AMD Phenom X4 9950 “Black Edition†processor with four processing engines operates at 2.60GHz, sports 2MB of L2 cache (512KB per core), 2MB of unified L3 cache as well as dual-channel DDR2 memory controller. The chip is made using 65nm process technology and has incredible 140W thermal design power, which is much higher TDP than that of Intel’s mainstream quad-core chips (95W).

The new microprocessors should be compatible with enthusiast-class AM+ mainboards and may not work on affordable platforms which are not designed to support microprocessors that consume 140W of energy.

AMD’s the Black Edition processors have unlocked clock multiplier, which allows enthusiasts to clock the new chip higher than default frequncy without any issues that are associated with overclocking. The customizable clock multiplier and auto-adjustable memory frequency of the new chip enables amateurs and value-conscious enthusiasts to maximize the performance of their desktop computers without substantial hassles. Typically enthusiasts have to increase base HyperTransport bus speed from default 200MHz, which eventually causes not only CPU clock-speed boost, but also alters HT bus and memory frequency, meaning that other components apart from the microprocessor also should be able to handle increased speeds.

AMD Phenom X4 9950 Black Edition chip costs $235 in 1000-unit quantities, just $11 more compared to Intel’s cheapest quad-core processor.
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post #2 of 55
Oh nice I love the name Black edition

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My friend is an AMD fan boy so he's on the look.
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140W TDP
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post #5 of 55
And thus there was a somber farewell to 65nm Phenoms.
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So will this work on my am2+ mobo or would I need to upgrade to get this? This processor is looking like a great deal.
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when is this out for the public (me)?
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The Q6600 goes for $195 as OEM's on Newegg, yet they say Intel's cheapest chip is $224.
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On sale at newegg right now. Also it's a 65nm AM2+, so no upgrades needed for existing AM2+ boards. Also knocked the 9850BE down to $200 - not bad.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103273
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Wonder if the price on the Phenom 9850 went down...

...YEP, only $200 now for the 9850, @ the Egg. Nice.
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