Phenom X4 9950 Black Edition - AM2 CPU Review
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Detailed product advice and reviews: this video focuses on the Phenom X4 9950 Black Edition, an AM2 CPU.


Phenom X4 9950 Black Edition - AM2 CPU Review Welcome to PC Wiz Kid’s Tech Talk. Today, I wanted to talk about the AMD 9950 Quad Processor. This is the black edition. I’m using this as part of my building up of performance gaming PC. Now, this one here is the retail box and it’s actually the 125 watt version as opposed to the 140 watt version. It comes by default with the stock’s speed of 2.6 gigahertz and here’s the part number for those that are interested and the ambient case temperature that supports Maxim is actually 64 degrees. Now in the box it comes with the fan, the CPU and the manual. That’s about it. Now if we look at the fan the stock cooler here that it comes with. It’s a one piece and it does have a fairly decent makeup as you can see. It’s a little guide but it comes with nice copper bays with two pipes coming out from each side and from that thick copper bays of course it’s attached to the aluminum heat sink which is also quite a large heat sink there, and then the fan which is attached to it and then the cable of course that plugs in to your motherboard to turn that on. Now, here’s the CPU itself to 65-byte nanometer CPU. The technology AM2+ 940 fins socket that we would install this onto of course, made in Malaysia and defused in Germany okay, so the fabrication facilities are in Germany for those who are wondering about that, and the next thing I guess is let’s go ahead and install this on the motherboard right, so we take it out of the package and we open up the lever here on the socket on this Aces M3A78-T which I reviewed in my previous video and article. The important thing to know on the corner here there’s little arrow of the socket. You don’t see that on the other one so that is a little triangle. You want to match that triangle up with the triangle that’s on the processor, so this actually applies to a lot of other CPUs as well when you go to install it. You want to make sure that you align it and the orientation of it is the same. So, that corner matches up with the corner because of that little triangle, and you’ll know because when you put it down it is falls and snaps right in there without any effort. And then of course you just bring that lever down and lock it underneath the socket there and it secures that in place, that’s it. That’s all you to do to install a CPU. So, the next thing of course is to apply some thermal grease and install the fan. Now, here’s the stock fan again that came with the retail box. I’m not going to use eventually the stock fan for my test system. I’m going to use Sunbeam Tech 1, but this one here comes already with thermal grease on the copper bays. If you don’t have a cooler that has that and you can use your own thermal grease and here’s the Tuniq TX-2. You just put a little drop in the center on the side. It depends where you want and how big your cooler base is, just to make sure that you cover the entire area, but don’t put too much, and then of course you fasten your cooler. Now most coolers come of course with their own brackets and attachments that you have to change. This one is the stock cooler it just goes right on top of the bracket that’s on the motherboard easily. You just attach one end and secure it and then you attach the other end there it’s almost like a harness there. They just latches on and then you clip it in place right and lock it in. Then you plug in the power connector for the fan. The CPU fan and you’re all set. Take the motherboard and then install in your case. Now, I’ve already skip that, skip that step in and here’s the specs for the system and I’ll post more details on the website, but when I installed it and got it into Windows I run CPU-Z and here’s what the results are for CPU-Z. I did over clock this processor. It was very simple process to over clock right you can do it through the AMD over drive utility which is I’m showing you right now. This utility you get from AMD for free and you could set the multipliers so I set them to 15 times and I up the voltage to 1.45 okay. So when you take the default clock speeds and up down and then up the voltage to support that then you can test in and stabilize your system by running some burning test for example and I’ve done that. The system runs idle for about 40 or less than 40 and then a full load, a 100% of four processors of four of course. It goes up to about 46.5- 47 at the most, and I’ve run these for at least eight hours straight so I’m pretty stable with that. Now the 3DMark06 results I run it first at 2.6 gigahertz, the stock values just to see and compare it later on with the over clock value right, so here are the settings if you’re interested you can just take a look here at the screen shot and I run it and I’ve got 11949. Those are the 3DMarks and the CPU score which is really which is really interesting is 3547 for this specific system and CPU. Then I overclock it like I said the three gigahertz by multiplying it, 15X and I’ve got 12607 3D Marks, so there’s a substantial increase here. I also did the same thing for 3D Mark Vantage okay, and here’s a CPU score if you’re interested 9567 is the CPU score,. Now I also run the Sandra Pro edition to see what the CPU scores would be compared to other similar processors, so the red bar here is mine. That’s the PhenomX4 9950 and all the other ones are as follows. I have the stock 9950 in orange. I’ve got a 9850, a 9750 and an Intel 2 Quad QX6700, so when I run the Sandra benchmarks it shows that the Phenom X4 overclock the three gigahertz bit all of this of course including the Intel processor, so this was a beauty to overclock and I definitely recommend this processor, so if any of you are looking to get a decent processor for a great price that you can overclock and play around with. This is definitely something that I would recommend getting. So I thank AMD for providing me this processor and I hope you enjoy this video and thank you for watching.