AMD Phenom II X4 940 45nm Quad-Core CPU Review
Patrick "MACMAC" MacMillan
iXBT Labs have posted a review of the AMD Phenom II X4 940, a 3.0Ghz 45nm quad-core processor.
Let's see what they had to say:
"First of all, these tests show an encouraging sign (for users, testers, and the entire IT industry) that competition in the CPU market is growing interesting again. Phenom II is evidently a success. Moreover, in a number of tasks we can speak about it even without mentioning prices.
However, AMD is not going to become greedy. That is the recommended price for the top Phenom II model is below the price of the cheapest Core i7. But we already mentioned that in terms of platform prices (motherboard and memory) it will be correct to compare the new processor from AMD with Core 2 Quad CPUs, where AMD enjoys an apparent advantage (this advantage remains even if we take more expensive Q9400/Q9450 models). What concerns games, only extreme models from Intel can challenge the new processors from AMD, which are 4-5 times as cheap. Moreover, AMD added more functions to its chipsets last year (especially those with integrated graphics). We wrote about it. The choice of attractive processors growing wider, more users will appreciate these efforts. It goes without saying that high results of Phenom II will also please those users, who already bought a computer based on the Socket AM2+ platform (with an Athlon or Phenom) and planning to upgrade."
The new Phenom II processors are an excellent upgrade path for those with compatible motherboards, but those planning to build new systems from scratch would be well-advised to go the Intel route.
Click here to read the full review.
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