It’s been a little over a year since the original launch of the AMD Phenom processor. We really do wish that we can say “It took the market by storm” when it was released back in November of 2007, but unfortunately, we can’t. The original Phenom launch was quite a mess to be frank. AMD wasn’t able to get clock speeds to surpass 2.5GHz for the launch and to make matters worse, a TLB bug and performance impeding BIOS patches were released at the last minute.
However bleak the picture appeared at launch, we were very pleased to see some significant improvements made to the Phenom die in AMD’s B3 revision four months after the launch. The TLB issue was fixed, clock speeds were increased and AMD managed to keep pricing competitive with Intel’s entry level quad core processors. AMD also made a rather bold move against Intel’s very potent E series dual core processors with the release of the world’s first triple core CPU; the Phenom X3.
As improved as the B3 revision Phenom was, it really only got Phenom where it should have been at launch day. Four months after launch, Phenom was still not able to stand up against the raw computational power of Intel’s Q9000 series processors. Fast forward to today – about eight months since the B3 release – and a lot has changed. Intel’s Penryn is no longer the top dog, but the new i7 Nehalem based processors with a completely revised architecture. Phenom’s only real feature advantages over the Core2, such as an integrated memory controller and a high speed bus are no longer exclusive to AMD; they’ve become a staple feature. To put it simply, AMD needed a new contender and needed it quickly. Enter the Phenom II.
- Phenom II Architecture Improvements and Advances in 45nm
- AMD’s Dragon Platform
- Details and Specifications
- Testing Methodology
- Sisoft Sandra 2009 Synthetic Performance
- Cinebench R10 Rendering Performance
- X264 Encoding Peformance
- PCMark Vantage Multimedia Performance
- 3DMark Vantage and 3DMark 2006 Performance
- Crysis and World In Conflict Gaming Performance
- Comparing Phenom II to Intel’s Core i7
- Power Consumption Testing