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AMD Phenom II X6 1090T processor

November 5th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T processor review

The AMD Phenom II X6 1090T hex core is an important processor to read about especially with its interesting positioning vis a vis the Intel core i7 processor.

Consider this statistics – At time of writing, the AMD Phenom II X6 1090T processor is priced at $235 according to amazon website, while the intel core i7-930 is priced at $294 according to intel website (http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=41447) and $313 according to amazon. We would not like to pass judgement but we will just present facts. The AMD Phenom II X6 1090T is six core processor clocked at 3.2 GHz. The intel core i7-930 is a 4 core processor clocked at 2.8 GHz. Now consider the benchmark – the passmark score for core i7-930 5833 compared to passmark score of 6,076 for AMD Phenom II X6 1090T. And finally consider the fact that the AMD processor will fit in on any of your existing AMD motherboard that supports AM3 sockets. Chances are you just need to take out older AMD processor and replace it and your are ready to roll with a new fast gaming desktop. Turn to intel i7-930 – which requires a socket for its FCLGA1366 package and chances are you need a new expensive motherboard.

If you are interested to read more, here are some more facts about the AMD Phenom II X6 1090T processor.

While the nominal clock frequency of Phenom ii x6 1090t is 3.2 GHz, its frequency rises to 3.6 GHz 3 with Turbo Core. Using turbo core, the core frequency is temporarily increased to satisfy temporary increase in the demand for processing power. The 1090T has an L3 Cache 6MB. The Phenom ii 1090T comes under the category of black edition and does allow the overclocking – officially. This is one of the main reasons, gamers will find this processor interesting as they can extract some extra juices by overclocking the processor.

It has been reported that the processor is stable for clock frequency as high as 4.175GHz and in some cases upto 4.2GHz. Overclocking is basically a trick in which you can either change the common multiplier which will change the memory bus, and possibly front side bus along with the processor by a common factor. So if you use a factor of, say 1.05, then the memory, processor and possibly the CPU to chipset bus – of them increase. This provides the greatest increase in performance, since, not only the CPU speed increase, but also the processor to memory communication speed. Unfortunately, you will not know which one fails. It is possible that the memory bus starts failing while there is still some juice left in increasing the processor frequency. So another solution to overclock is to leave the memory and the other bus speed as it is, and just use the clock multiplier to increase only the frequency of the CPU.

A note – you will need better cooling , better and bigger heatsink if you are trying to overclock.

The Phenom ii 1090T has integrated memory controller, which anyone familiar with AMD architecture would know. The integrated memory controller reduces latency and improves the overall performance of the processor. The communication with the chipset is using fast HyperTransport Bus.

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