AMD Phenom II 965BE

Black Edition with a new stepping
Author: Jouni 'Jipa' Vasama
Published: 25.11.2009
Manufacturer: AMD
Product Group: Processors
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In our first CPU review in a long while we'll take a look at the AMD Phenom 2 X4 965 Black Edition. Now the 965BE has been out for a while already, but 4.11. AMD launched a new version of the chip, now using the C3 stepping. With the new stepping comes lower TDP and supposedly better overclocking capabilites as well. Now lets see what the AMD's new flagship processor has to offer.


AMD Phenom II 965BE C3-stepping

The 965BE did not only bump up the clock speed of the Phenoms by yet another 200 MHz, it's also the highest clock speed AMD processor ever released. Also it has the highest clock speed of any quad core processor on the markets now.

So then, what exactly is new in the C3 revision? The clock speed remains the same, as does the price and indeed most of the changes are related to the efficiency of the processor. First of all there's the 15 W drop in TDP, coming from 140 Watts down to 125 W. Then there's the C1E which allows the chip to throttle down and change between power states. There's also some improvements in the memory controller, and AMD claims the new revision to work well with four 1333 MHz DDR3 memory sticks.

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