Back in 2007 AMD released their Phenom X4 processors - a replacement at the high end of their product range for the Athlon 64 which had been around since 2004. Industry feeling on the Phenom was mixed, it certainly was an improvement over A64 but it arrived in a marketplace where Intel’s Core 2 had set a new standard for processor performance.
Throughout the last couple of years AMD have continued to expand the Phenom family with the introduction of triple core chips in addition to the existing quad core models. While none of the processors were able to complete with the top range CPUs from Intel, they did have their place in the market with many priced to offer excellent value and others offering great low energy options.
Today we will be taking a look at the latest processor in the Phenom family, the Phenom 2 X4 940 Black Edition. This CPU will be AMD’s highest performing processor until the DDR3 variants reach the market later this year. Through a selection of benchmarks including media encoding, Photoshop and gaming we will establish how good the Phenom 2 is, and whether it is worth the upgrade for existing Phenom users.