TechSpot: AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition CPU Review

With Christmas right around the corner, we're sure many of you will be treating yourselves to a new computer. Realizing that, AMD is doing its best to tempt you with a shiny new hexacore CPU with today's release of the Phenom II X6 1100T, their new six-core flagship processor.

In true AMD fashion, the company has priced its latest entry at a very reasonable $265. That's the same rate as the older Phenom II X6 1090T, which has been lowered to $230 to make room for the new 1100T model.

While today's review is focusing on the launch of the new Phenom II X6 1100T, which brings a mere 100MHz speed bump, we suspect most of you will be more excited about the prospect of a six-core Black Edition processor for a little over $200. After all, the new 1100T is only clocked 3% higher than the 1090T, while both feature fully unlocked clock multipliers, essentially making them one in the same.

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AMD has always been more of a bang-for-the-buck CPU company, and the latest Thuban proves it. While the i7-930 has the same price at the CPU end, it has a higher price at the *motherboard* end (why else have Thuban-priced prebuilts consistently underpriced identically-equipped i7 prebuilts?). I picked that up right off, and I'm no "AMD FanBoi" as far as CPUs go - I've gone Intel Inside since my first Original Pentium. While there are still some exclusive-to-Intel instruction sets (where i7 picks up some advantages) as well as a larger cache than Thuban, if instead of running niche/cache-heavy applications, you run a lot of more generalized applications (and especially if you do virtualization), Thuban makes more sense than i7 (any i7) for the money.

Its always nice seeing AMD release a new product, and find it its worse than intels 2 year old product...way to go AMD...fail gain

My i7 930 still has more value and speed.

thartist said,
A joke as usual. Get the i7 930 for the same price that performs much better.
AMD user.

Yes, but Intel is wicked and evil. We all know that they are sexist and anti-american or something.

Though I agree this is good, I'm personally waiting for bulldozer and AM3+ but if your in the market now and price conscious this is definitely the way to go.

Damn, this looks like one "helluva" processor!
I just bought a Phenom II X3 740 3.0GHz for $60 on Newegg Black Friday. I unlocked the fourth core and I overclocked this bad boy to 3.73GHz!!! Absolutely unbeatable value, I'm happy

its a great step in the future, six cores that can be multiplyed.......sweeeeet

But intel will always top sooner or later

Xypro said,
its a great step in the future, six cores that can be multiplyed.......sweeeeet

But intel will always top sooner or later


+1 ...
I was thinking of going with i7 proc for my next build but at this point I may hold off..

2011 looks not so exciting for high end processors.

Intel and AMD are too busy keeping mainstream happy, I cant blame them, but I want to see a new CPU!

This latest intel 1155 is for mainstream , I want to see new 1366 CPU's and for AMD to get to a new socket already.

doublea2 said,
2011 looks not so exciting for high end processors.

Intel and AMD are too busy keeping mainstream happy, I cant blame them, but I want to see a new CPU!

This latest intel 1155 is for mainstream , I want to see new 1366 CPU's and for AMD to get to a new socket already.


Intel Sandy Bridge line of procs and AMD Bulldozer?

Kralik said,
AMD is amazing value for money.. it's not abt speed your RAM can't match CPU's speeds anyways..

I don't think you have a good grasp on CPU architecture. The game is still very much about speed depending on what you're doing.

shiny_red_cobra said,
It's 100MHz faster than the 1090.

100MHz in over 6 months.

Pathetic. Just pathetic. Wake me up when AMD releases a NEW processor.

lol. its the exact same price the old one was.. $265. not like they are doing a big markup for nothing. They are pretty much just upgrading the old one

shiny_red_cobra said,
It's 100MHz faster than the 1090.

100MHz in over 6 months.

Pathetic. Just pathetic. Wake me up when AMD releases a NEW processor.


I was under the impression the clock speed race was over years ago, and that it wasnt the deciding factor in judging a processor. I guess I was wrong.

shiny_red_cobra said,
It's 100MHz faster than the 1090.

100MHz in over 6 months.

Pathetic. Just pathetic. Wake me up when AMD releases a NEW processor.

That's 100x6

600mhz faster. Still not brilliant but it's still faster.

_DP said,

That's 100x6

600mhz faster. Still not brilliant but it's still faster.


Wait, what? You multiplied it by 6 just because the CPU is a hexa-core?

homeboy rocketshoulders said,

I was under the impression the clock speed race was over years ago, and that it wasnt the deciding factor in judging a processor. I guess I was wrong.

No clock speed doesn't have EVERYTHING to do with it, I'm just saying this is the only difference between this one and the old one, 100 MHz. That's it. The instruction set is exactly the same, the architecture is exactly the same, the cache is exactly the same, number of cores is exactly the same, the FSB is exactly the same, even the PRICE is exactly the same ffs. Why would I buy this when I can get the other one for cheaper and overclock it by 100MHz?

I think hexa-cores are a bit overrated. Obviously, I'm echoing the general opinion of the public upon the release of quads, but I think it's best we wait a bit.

It's the best CPU for video encoding at that price point. I do a lot of that and I'm seriously considering it for my next build.

Dr_Asik said,
It's the best CPU for video encoding at that price point. I do a lot of that and I'm seriously considering it for my next build.

I'm running a 1090T and I do lots of video encoding, rendering, and other CPU-intensive tasks. The 6-core chips are definitely worth the money and a surprisingly high number of apps are supporting more than 4 cores.

Recon415 said,
I think hexa-cores are a bit overrated. Obviously, I'm echoing the general opinion of the public upon the release of quads, but I think it's best we wait a bit.

+1 and its not that huge a boost over i7 and i7 is vastly better in a lot of other scenarios.

ZeroHour said,
+1 and its not that huge a boost over i7 and i7 is vastly better in a lot of other scenarios.
But the cheapest i7 is 300$ (i7-870). The Phenom X6 1090T is 245$ (obviously stay away from the 1100T). One indeed expects the i7 to perform better considering the large price difference.

The real competition for this CPU is the i5-760 right now, which is cheaper and faster in most scenarios. The X6 completely destroys it in x264 though, so it's a tough call if you do a lot of that + a lot of gaming and other stuff (like me). I think I'll wait for the situation to evolve before I commit to any new CPU.