AMD has released another slew of processors to the market focused on faster clock speeds with a cheaper price tag. One of these processors is the dual core Phenom ™ II X2 560 Processor code named “Calisto” which runs at stock at 3.3GHz out of the box. The 560 X2 is listed as the Black Edition which signifies the processor is multiplier unlocked and overclock capable. We will test the headroom of the new Phenom II 560 later in this review. This cpu is targeted towards enthusiasts who are looking for an affordable processor which is bred for overclocking, the 560 BE comes unlocked at 3.3GHz and is dual-core on the same die as the quad-cores like the Phenom™ II X4 940 BE. There are still a number of games on the market today which do not benefit from more than two processor cores and thus many gamers do not realize a benefit in game from a quad core or higher processor. We have dropped the Phenom II X2 560 into our sinister Asus Crosshair IV Formula motherboard and hooked up the ROG connect port for some real overclocking testing read on to see what we uncovered.
This is one of several processors to be launched today and available on the market. The remaining processors and pricing in this lineup are:
|Processor||AMD Phenom II X2|
|Bus Speed||200.7 MHz|
|L2 Cache Size||1000|
|Manufacturing Tach(CMOS)||45nm SOI|
|Total Cache (L2+L3):||7MB|
|L1 Cache||64K of L1 instruction and 64K of L1 data cache per core (256KB total L1 per processor)|
|L2 Cache||512KB of L2 data cache per core (1MB total
-L2 per processor)
|L3 Cache||6MB (shared)|
Buying this AMD Phenom II is a very good bargain. For instance, if you do not have enough cash to buy high-end, then you can use lower versions. Once your budget for upgrade increases, you need not to replace the motherboard of your system.and also
Hyper-threading technology allows each processor to run two threads simultaneously making a dual-core processor run like quad core.