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By now, we were hoping to able to get our hands on AMD's new Bulldozer archtecture processors, but there's still no sign of them, so instead we back with the familiar Phenom II theme. Give it up for the new AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition.Based on the 45nm Deneb core that's being doing duty in quad-core Phenom II chips for nearly two years, the AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition sports a heady stock clockspeed of 3.5GHz. Yup, that's precisely 100MHz or three per cent faster than the Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition, previously the fastest X4 model.This kind of incremental upgrade is symptomatic of an ageing processor architecture on it last legs. But while Bulldozer can't come soon enough, there's no reason why the 970 shouldn't be an attractive CPU. It all comes down to pricing and positioning. At £140, the 970 squares up directly against Intel's Core i5 760. Game on. With so many CPU models on offer from AMD and Intel, it's not always obvious where any given chip lines up. In the case of the AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition, however, its main task is very clear. It must beat Intel's Core i5-760.
The AMD Phenom II X4 970 takes on the torch carried by the X4 965. It has four cores and offers slightly higher clocks: 3.5 GHz for the four cores, which is an increase of 100 MHz on the 965. In practice this gives a performance increase of around 5%, which places it just below the Intel Core i5 750 (4 cores, 2.66 GHz and Turbo at 3.20 GHz). For a more detailed analysis of the Phenom II X4 900 four-core series, we refer you to our detailed test of the AMD Phenom II X4 965. Lastly, don't forget that our performance index is available to give you an overall vision of the current offer.
It has been ten months since AMD released a new Phenom II X4 CPU. In that time, they have released a couple dual-core and hex-core processors. Today AMD is releasing six new AM3/AMD2+ CPUs, including the Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition which we are taking a look at in this review. Clocked at 3.5GHz and coming equipped with 6MB of L3 Cache, the 970 BE has an unlocked multiplier for overclocking goodness. This processor continues the Deneb series, and is of the 125W variety. This CPU is plenty fast out of the box, and a little tweaking brought quite a bit of extra speed to the unit. Continue on for all the juicy details. Not only is AMD releasing the 970 BE today, they are also releasing five other CPUs. Below is a quick rundown of the 6 chips being released. These prices are only retail estimates, but they will most certainly be close to the MSRP. As the Phenom II X4 970 BE is simply an increased clock model, the features found on previous X4 models still hold true here. The CPU has a stock core speed of 3.5GHz thanks to a 17.5x multiplier and 200MHz bus. On the next page we will see just how high we can increase the core speed with a little tweaking.