AMD Phenom X4 9850, 9750 and 9550

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Amon 11th April 2008, 07:37 Quote
Quality review as expected of bit-tech. I like how you coloured the bar graphs. Much easier to follow, I find. Having said that, it would be nice if you guys inserted the truncated processor titles inside the bars on page 9's "composite scores"; there's sufficient space for that. And the colour key seems to be off for that chart as well :?
Anyway, I've been anticipating the arrival of these chips for a little while, as a try-and-see alternative to the Q6600.

and.... it's got a turbo! FFFFFRRRRRrrrooooo... PSSHHHHHTCH~!!
sandys 11th April 2008, 09:18 Quote
Where are the Nvidia chipset with SLI support, i've been waiting bloody ages.
Leitchy 11th April 2008, 09:25 Quote
I love you
Hg 11th April 2008, 10:17 Quote
I have just made the move from AMD to Intel for the first time in my life, as AMD have had alot of bad press these days and there chips dont seem to be able to match any core 2 in the same price bracket.
I purchused a Q9450 and boy its fast and overclocking it is a dream, I just hope AMDs next gen processors will change offer a bit more, as the Core 2 is so good atm and untill AMD go back to the drawing board, they wont have anything that can touch Intel
badders 11th April 2008, 10:37 Quote
Great Article Bindi.
One thing - Last page, 2nd Paragraph. Shouldn't that be "Unobtainable"?

Looks like AMD are slowly coming back to the market. Sure, they were never really out of it, what with the K8's being such good value for money, but now they're a real viable alternative to intel instead of being the budget boys.
Woodstock 11th April 2008, 11:19 Quote
hope you have an overclocking article up soon, half tempted to get one, might have to start looking at am2+ motherboards
Bindibadgi 11th April 2008, 11:22 Quote
I can't see myself doing an overclocking article soon sorry.
[USRF]Obiwan 11th April 2008, 11:28 Quote
All the "black beauty" worshipping aside, the E8500 is still the best bang for the bucks. It is such a bang that they are out of stock everywhere. All those Phenoms taking dust at the shopshelfs and then saying they are "more available then Intel procs" is a joke. IT only proves that they are not wanted. I say let them have a 25% lower pricetag and maybe then we see some less dusty phenom boxes on the shopshelfs.

And no, I am not a Intel fanboy, all 939 AMD x2's in my house.
Jar of Almonds 11th April 2008, 11:29 Quote
Great article! Have you tried using the 1002 BIOS for the ASUS M3A32-MVP? It is supposed to add greater support for the B3's.... how it does that I don't know, just going by what ASUS described.
Journeyer 11th April 2008, 11:41 Quote
I'll re-read this review as a get home later today, but it seems an excellent read and I've just skimmed it quickly.

I got my own Phenom 9850 the other day - it lived for 12 hours and I have no idea what killed it.
But I'm starting to suspect that my DFI NF590-SLI is the perpetrator, even though DFI's website states that with the latest bios Phenoms are fully supported on this board. Strange.

My dead Phenom is now on its way to be replaced. Hopefully the new one will live and let me play with it a lot. Cooling, at least, is not something I'm worried about. :D
Woodstock 11th April 2008, 11:59 Quote
Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
I can't see myself doing an overclocking article soon sorry.

not even a set of results? (what i ment but i wasnt vey clear)
Jipa 11th April 2008, 12:06 Quote
So the Phenoms are KINDA viable choice for people looking for a quad. And after all they seem to shine on synthetical benchmarks If only they were atleast on par in power consumption and wouldn't suck so tremendously on the overclocking side of things...
Bindibadgi 11th April 2008, 12:19 Quote
Originally Posted by Woodstock
Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
I can't see myself doing an overclocking article soon sorry.

not even a set of results? (what i ment but i wasnt vey clear)

I might do and I'd love to (I see the value in one), but I've just got soooo much work on at the moment I'm working to catch up. We'd rather spend time getting whole articles better, than many half assed.

If I was going to do one I'd do a 9850E, Q6600 G0 and E8400 overclocking together.

We appreciate the kind comments from you all too! :):):) It's making a happier what was otherwise crap and frustrating Friday (Yay for Nvidia 790i Ultra SLI)
Ending Credits 11th April 2008, 12:32 Quote
My 9500 sucked massively so I'm going to look into a 9850 BE.
stoff3r 11th April 2008, 12:54 Quote
as every person on earth will want to run the intel q6600 on 333x9 speeds i think it would be interesting to see how it compares with the rest. you allways say it's the clocks that matter, and i really think the q6600 would outperform the lot if it's true potential is used.
Matticus 11th April 2008, 13:43 Quote
Thank god I went for the e8200 and clocked it to 3.4ghz instead of going for a phenom based system. I only use my PC for work, games and some coding, so I think I would be in tears right now if I had bought the phenom over my wolfdale.

Its pretty disapointing that AMD dont seem to be competing, although intel seem to still be pushing forward and they arent charging stupid amounts, so maybe they dont need any real competition to just plod along nicely.
wiak 11th April 2008, 16:26 Quote
me redirects you to
Tony got his 9850 at 3.4ghz stable with water
Jipa 11th April 2008, 17:02 Quote
(Beware of a poor pun)

Well that's a phenomenal OC for a Phenom. If only they usually did that. Or even 3 GHz for that matter.
Goty 11th April 2008, 17:25 Quote
I think the problem for AMD right not is that their 65nm process simply isn't that good. It's certainly nowhere near as bad as Intel's was during the Preshott era, but it still leaks too much current and it simply doesn't provide for the high clockspeeds that AMD needs with the K10 architecture.
HourBeforeDawn 11th April 2008, 19:43 Quote
ya I plan on getting the MSI K9A2 Platinum for my Spider build, it has the best layout design so far for 790fx, so I look forward to that board unless by the time I get to buying the hardware nothing better is out.
wiak 11th April 2008, 20:03 Quote
HourBeforeDawn get the GA-MA-790FX, Best layout by far :P
and what about an 790FX Roundup Bit-Tech?
like say Gigabyte MA-790FX-DS5, Gigabyte GA-MA790FX-DSQ, MSI K9A2 Platinum, Asus' M3A32-MVP Deluxe etc?
pumpman 11th April 2008, 20:21 Quote
Informative review guys , kinda confirms what everyone knows, if you overclock buy the intel, if its for your mum or a friend who doesnt overclock the AMD will do fine
lemel 11th April 2008, 22:12 Quote
Good news AMD have some CPU's worth just need some more choice on the higher end AM2+ mobos!
1st time modder 12th April 2008, 02:56 Quote
so far im still using my old-school northwood P4 3.0ghz..... runs everything from maya to photoshop in windows vista ultimate (while recording HD content, AT THE SAME TIME). Interesting benchmarks to boot, but im forgoing upgrading until i see a fundamental change in terms of performance.... ie mulit-core WINDOWS! 13th April 2008, 11:31 Quote
i can see why they are using the higher end first, makes it easier to iron out problems, so the smaller less expensive chips are easier to make with little to no problems.
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