We have to admit to being a little surprised a few weeks ago when AMD emailed us to say our review sample of the new high-end Athlon CPU was on its way. 2006 was the last time we had such an email and since then the Phenom line of processors has been AMD’s focus, with a limited number of Sempron models released into the budget marketplace. The model we are testing today is the 7750 Black Edition, quite a jump from the current highest model, the 6400+.
So, is this just a clockspeed bump on the old core or something new? Will it prove to be an expensive upgrade path and what benefits does it offer over the older Athlons? Today we will be covering all of those questions as we run the CPU through a selection of mostly real world tests to establish who should by buying the Athlon 7750 Black Edition.
Last month Intel launched their Z97 chipset, essentially an evolution of Z87, which in many cases brought new features such as SATA Express and M.2 compatibility to the mainstream desktop market. There was of course no new CPU at that time with the existing socket 1150 processors working without issue in the new boards. Since then though Intel launched (along with some lower spec models) the Core i7-4790K, a model which sits at the top of their mainstream platform. Today we see how it compares to various other models when installed on Gigabytes Z97X Gaming 5 and paired with PowerColors new dual core 290X Devil 13.