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AMD Phenom 9850

Author:  Rafael Rios
Date:  2008.04.16
Topic:  Processors
Provider:  AMD
Manufacturer:  AMD

AMD Phenom 9850 X4 Quad Core Processor with B3 Stepping

AMD Phenom

Sisoft Sandra XII Test Results:

The latest edition of SiSoft Sandra follows the tradition of testing the pure synthetic power of processors.
We ran our Sisoft test comparisons as shown against Intel's fastest Quad Core listed, the QX9770 that runs at 3.2GHz comparing the Intel fastest with AMD's fastest processor currently. We then also added for comparison the Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (2.4GHz) since it runs close enough at default clock speed as the 2.5GHz AMD Phenom X4 9850 Quad processor. Next we added the older AMD Phenom 9900 (2.6GHz) to compare it against the older reference (non-50 series) processors, and we also added the Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 at 2.66GHz processor to see how it would compare against a dual-core system.

First the results when running the AMD Phenom 9850 at the default 2.5GHz clock speed. As you can see the AMD Phenom 9850 came in 4th position in the Sisoft Arithmetic test at default speed.

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Next we overclocked the AMD Phenom to 3.0GHz and ran Sisofts Arithmetic test and noticed that the increase in clock speed helped the AMD Phenom 9850 reach 3rd position behind the Intel Core 2 Quad QX9770 (3.2GHz) and the Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (2.4GHz).

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The AMD Phenom X4 9850 Quad Core CPU looks like it is well on its way in the to being an excellent choice for gamers and computer enthusiasts due to being approximately half the price of a comparable Intel CPU and being the quickest AMD Phenom commercially available. With its ability to easily run stable at 3.0GHz with an air-cooled heatsink and fan, we were happy to see most every performance index increase. At the default speed of 2.5GHz , the 9850 series is a great quad core cpu and having the multiplier unlocked allows this cpu to overclock rather easily. Given a motherboard that would permit you to not only increase the multiplier but also increase the voltage to the cpu and FSB, we estimate that this cpu would easily produce even higher overclocks and performance numbers. The features stated in this review make the AMD Phenom X4 9850 Quad Core an excellent choice for any computer user with great quad core performance in applications and games that take advantage of the multiple cores. As games become more and more multicore dependent, the quad core line of AMD processors are sure to be an even bigger hit with gamers, when comparing their price to performance numbers. People that already own an AMD Socket AM2 motherboard platform can now upgrade easily and without worry.

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