AMD has once again come up with another bump in MHz from their last processor, The Phenom II 975 with the new AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition and we have one hot off the assembly line for testing. The processor speed listed by the manufacturer is 3.7GHz, but when we installed it in our test rig we were getting 4.01GHz off the bat. We updated the BIOS to the latest revision and the processor speed held at 4.01. We ran our benchmarks at this stock (all settings to auto) and all benchmarks came back as stable with results that were pretty good.
Aside from the speed bump consumers can probably look forward to small refinements in the stepping which will yield identical or greater speeds with the same power envelope meaning overall lower temperatures. Those in the market for an upgrade would do well to take note as the release of the 980 will definitely have a trickle down effect on the pricing of the 975 and lower processors. This makes these perfect buys for someone seeking to get a bit more power without spending a fortune. At the time of this writing the 980 is expected to be fully available in the market with a retail pricetag of just under $200 at $195. For a sub $200 processor which easily breaks the 4K GHz barrier this is an awesome deal. Check out the full retail pricing on AMD CPU’s here.
This speed bump is of course just that a speed bump as AMD fans the world over are waiting patiently for Llano which will sport a new packaging and probably pin out as well. Those who already own an AM3 platform looking to spend some cash for an upgrade should consider the 980. If however you are looking for the next level of power and can wait then Llano is just around the corner and you should save your cash.
|Type||CPU / Microprocessor|
|Family||AMD Phenom II X4|
|CPU part number||980|
|Bus speed (MHz)|
- 667 MHz Memory controller
- One 2000 MHz 16-bit HyperTransport link
Clock multiplier18.5Package938-pin organic micro-PGASocketsSocket AM2+
Socket AM3 Architecture / MicroarchitectureMicroarchitectureK10PlatformDragonProcessor coreDenebManufacturing process0.045 micron SOI
758 million transistorsDie size243 mm2Data width64 bitNumber of cores4Floating Point UnitIntegratedLevel 1 cache size4 x 64 KB 2-way associative instruction caches
4 x 64 KB 2-way associative data cachesLevel 2 cache size4 x 512 KB 16-way associative cachesLevel 3 cache size6 MB shared 48-way associative cacheVirtual memory (TB)256Features
- Advanced Bit Manipulation
- AMD64 technology
- AMD-V (virtualization) technology
- Enhanced Virus Protection
Low power features
- Cool’n'Quiet 3.0
- CoolCore Technology
- Dual Dynamic Power Management
- Core C1 and C1E states
- Package S0, S1, S3, S4 and S5 states
- Integrated 144-bit DDR2/DDR3 Memory Controller
- HyperTransport 3 technology
Electrical/Thermal parametersThermal Design Power (W)125
So lets see what this new processor is capable of.