AMD Accelerates Award-Winning amd PLATFORM TECHNOLOGY, CODENAME "Dragon," with new AMD Phenom II™ X4
April 26, 2009 // 10:32 p.m.
− AMD Phenom™ II 955 Black Edition processor is company’s fastest processor ever, giving performance users massive headroom, HD visuals, backwards compatibility and DDR3 support at a price the competition can’t beat −
WHAT: AMD announced a platform refresh today for Dragon platform technology, including the new AMD Phenom™ II X4 955 Black Edition processor. As AMD’s fastest ever quad-core processor, it brings all the capabilities gamers, enthusiasts and do-it-yourselfers have come to expect from AMD, including world record setting performance, high-speed DDR3 memory support and AMD OverDrive™ 3.0 technology, giving users more control over their computing experience.
The Dragon technology refresh consists of the new AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition processor, AMD 7-Series chipsets and award winning ATI Radeon™ HD 4890 graphics. With this platform refresh, AMD is combining its fastest processor with the massive graphics processing muscle of its most powerful GPU to deliver high definition video entertainment and “beyond HD” resolutions that allow gamers to take the latest games to the extreme.
WHY: AMD is committed to bringing high-performance desktop PCs to the enthusiast, gaming and DIY communities. To best meet the needs of these communities, AMD is taking a balanced platform approach, providing optimal CPU, graphics and chipset performance all at an affordable price.
BENEFITS: Running at a frequency of 3.2 GHz, the new AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition processor joins Dragon platform technology to give users speed with plenty of headroom. With speed, you need control, and the new AMD OverDrive 3.0 software delivers with a few new features:
§ AMD Black Edition Memory Profile lets users create custom profiles that can easily overclock known DDR3 memory to quickly and easily achieve optimum high speed DDR3 performance.4
§ AMD Smart Profiles can automatically tune performance for specific applications, whether for max performance or quiet operation. Choose from pre-defined application profiles or create your own to personalize the experience.
With AMD, consumers have the option to upgrade when the time is right for their budget and overall experience. Socket AM3 processors, such as the latest AMD Phenom II CPUs, are backwards compatible with existing AM2+ platforms running DDR2 memory, and can also transition to AM3 motherboards that support DDR3 memory when the time is right. Unlike the competition, AMD users can upgrade without having to purchase multiple new components.
For more information on the latest Dragon platform technology and where you can get it – Check it out!
See what AMD’s Ian McNaughton has to say about this new processor here.
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 HD capable monitor required for full HD resolution.
 Price comparison based on AMD Phenom™ II X4 955 Black Edition processor expected MSRP at launch vs. Intel Core i7 920 retail price on newegg.com as of April 22, 2009.
 Upscaling is subject to subject to monitor resolution.
 AMD's product warranty does not cover damages caused by overclocking, even when enabled via AMD OverDrive software.