AMD Phenom II X6 1075T, X4 970 BE and X2 560 BE Review
AMD Phenom II Processors
(X6 1075T, X4 970 Black Edition, X2 560 Black Edition)
Back in April AMD released their 6 Core processors in the form of the 1090T and 1055T and in the process made hexa-core CPUs available to those with a mainstream budget for the first time. These new Phenom CPUs offered some excellent performance for their price range and combined with the new 890 chipset which includes SATA3 and USB3 support they offered users a very flexible and future proof system.
Since then things have been pretty quiet on the AMD processor front but that changes today as they are releasing their lastest batch of CPUs which include hex, quad and dual core models. We have one of each and have run them through a selection of real world tests including media playback, encoding, gaming and productivity tasks to find out where they sit in the current market.
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.
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