TechSpot: AMD Phenom II X6 Hexa-Core CPUs Debut, Reviewed

If money is no object then the six-core Core i7 980X processor is as good as it gets right now. Conversely, today’s announcement from AMD is meant to follow the same trend as with recent Phenom CPU releases. AMD is hoping to offer a more attractive six-core processor by providing their Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition and Phenom II X6 1055T models at far more realistic prices.

The Phenom II X6 1090T BE is expected to hit shelves at just under $300, making it three times more affordable than the Core i7 980X. At this price point, this 3.2GHz hexa-core AMD processor will be sitting alongside the Core i7 930 and Core i7 860 from Intel. Let me remind you that this is a fully unlocked Black Edition chip that depending on how it overclocks could be a real bargain for those of you willing to tweak your hardware a bit.

Those looking for something even cheaper, today's AMD announcement will not disappoint. The Phenom II X6 1055T will be sold for just $220, a mere $20 more than the Core i7 750. This should make for an interesting shoot out.

Read: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T BE & Phenom II X6 1055T Review

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I won't be getting one for myself but these X6 CPUs look like great bargains for multi-threaded environments. I'd love to play around with one.

YES just got the newegg notice about this.

IT'S A MUST BUY FOR ME for everything they added into this processor.

I plan on getting it next month, thank you amd.

Given that the Core i5 750 is cheaper, what would be some actual real world reasons to get the Phenom X6 1055T? The i5 750 smokes the 1090T in most of the tests.

In terms of performance, I can't really see any justification for the price, and I'm usually an AMD fan (the Core 2 Duo was the first Intel CPU I had bought in 3 full upgrade cycles, but it's looking like it'll be Intel again pretty soon!).

Thoughts?

noleafclover said,
Given that the Core i5 750 is cheaper, what would be some actual real world reasons to get the Phenom X6 1055T? The i5 750 smokes the 1090T in most of the tests.

In terms of performance, I can't really see any justification for the price, and I'm usually an AMD fan (the Core 2 Duo was the first Intel CPU I had bought in 3 full upgrade cycles, but it's looking like it'll be Intel again pretty soon!).

Thoughts?

Im feelin that way to, all the hype over these was unjust as these things are barely an upgrade for anyone owning a 965 or Intel quad of any kind...

One real world reason is that this is compatible with almost all amd motherboards made in the past 3 years. So if you have one, you just need to pop in a new processor for $200-$300.

giantpotato said,
One real world reason is that this is compatible with almost all amd motherboards made in the past 3 years. So if you have one, you just need to pop in a new processor for $200-$300.

Ahh yeah you're spot on, I totally forgot about processor socket compatibility

I am running an amd phenom II 940 and I still don't feel like I need to upgrade. I've had it for over a year. There is nothing right now that I could throw at it and it wouldn't run.

This isnt designed to give faster 'single app' processing power, it brings 6 core processing to an affordable level for people how dont absolutely need bleeding edge raw power, but faster multitasking and better system performance overall - props to AMD!!

Mannnn, I always knew I should've gone for an AMD build. Now I've got a useless 4 core i7 and a motherboard that is highly unlikely going to see a new cpu. Better or not, I want a damn hexacore.

Billus said,
Mannnn, I always knew I should've gone for an AMD build. Now I've got a useless 4 core i7 and a motherboard that is highly unlikely going to see a new cpu. Better or not, I want a damn hexacore.

your i7 outperforms these, how is it useless..AMD will never catch up in performance, and these 6cores arent even cought up in price imo.

So basically it does not beat the intel processors that retail for the same money or less.

It even couldnt beat the core i5 750 in most cases.

majortom1981 said,
So basically it does not beat the intel processors that retail for the same money or less.

It even couldnt beat the core i5 750 in most cases.

Fan boy alert! It's not about raw performance, it's about reasonable performance at a reasonable price.

JAB Creations said,

Fan boy alert! It's not about raw performance, it's about reasonable performance at a reasonable price.

First of all who wants reasonable performance at a reasonable price, which isn't even reasonable (check i5). I want the maximum performance my money can buy and that CPU wont even cover for that.

zerrar said,
First of all who wants reasonable performance at a reasonable price, which isn't even reasonable (check i5). I want the maximum performance my money can buy and that CPU wont even cover for that.

The more you spend the less you have and past 60 FPS your money is wasted since you won't see that FPS due to monitor "limitations" v-sync or not.

JAB Creations said,

The more you spend the less you have and past 60 FPS your money is wasted since you won't see that FPS due to monitor "limitations" v-sync or not.

FPS has a lot to do with GPU. Not to mention unless you have a really good system you aren't going to be playing most new games on the absolute maximum setting at 60 fps.

He has a point, since the i5s are cheaper and offer better performance than the Phenom II. So why go for that if you're looking at reasonable pricing?

majortom1981 said,
So basically it does not beat the intel processors that retail for the same money or less.

It even couldnt beat the core i5 750 in most cases.


yeah, performance of 6 core AMD is really bad.

JAB Creations said,

The more you spend the less you have and past 60 FPS your money is wasted since you won't see that FPS due to monitor "limitations" v-sync or not.

And what about the millions like me don't care that much about games or FPS? Raw performance when crunching number is still very important. If you use CPU-intensive applications, Intel is the way to go since Core 2 Duo's were released.

AMD needs to revamp their whole line of CPU's to get competitive again and force Intel to drop prices, so everyone can benefit.

It's rare though I've had a few instances where all four cores on my X3 ran at full load. I do a lot of CPU intensive things like archiving and running virtual OS's like XP for various versions of testing Internet Exploder. AMD might be behind Intel though I don't need 200 FPS on a game where my screen runs at 60Hz (60 FPS). AMD has the winning strategy even if they're behind Intel and not only do I get all the performance I need and want I don't have to pay out the ass for it. The same thing with motherboards, 790FX and now 890FX boards with nearly 40 PCI Express lanes let me run Crossfire at full blown 16X without system bottlenecks whereas you have to pay out the ass for a socket 1366 system that Intel has decided to replace next year any way. If money is no object go Intel though if you're smart enough to balance performance and your budget there just isn't any reason to complain especially with an unlocked multiplier for $300 on Newegg.

JAB Creations said,

BWHAHAHA!

You do know most processors are shipped that way right, usually due to a defect with one core or something. I could be wrong but I think thats how the X3 came about. AMD was trying to make a quadcore processor but they couldn't get it working right, so instead of throwing away all the RnD and starting from scratch they just disabled the 4th core and sold it as a tri-core product.

nVidia used to do the same with their line of cards. You could buy a low end version, and turn it into a high end version just by unlocking pipelines and other parts of the card. Eventually they got smart and laser cut the access on the processor so you couldn't enable it.

/- Razorfold said,
You do know most processors are shipped that way right, usually due to a defect with one core or something.

I have over 600 subscribers on YouTube, I know a thing or two about this stuff. ;-)

JAB Creations said,

I have over 600 subscribers on YouTube, I know a thing or two about this stuff. ;-)

Now THAT'S credibility if I've ever seen it...

Edited by The Angry Bunny, Apr 27 2010, 3:18pm :

JAB Creations said,

I have over 600 subscribers on YouTube, I know a thing or two about this stuff. ;-)

Damn that's like almost half the world's population!!11

When will you get over 9000?