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AMD Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition Review – overclocking performance

Rating: 7.0.

Almost two years ago, AMD began to push its successful Dragon Platform for desktop systems. The fastest chip in the line-up was the Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition. Today, AMD releases the latest in a long line of Black Edition CPUs, in the shape of the quad core Phenom II X4 975. Today we will detail how to get the most from this chip with a step by step overclocking guide, which will push it to the limit.

We’ve been told that the 975 Black Edition will cost around the same as the six core AMD Phenom II X6 1055T processor. That’s a distinct disadvantage for the new chip. KitGuru really likes AMD’s 6 core processors and the 1055T is a particular favourite. Even before we started testing, we had to wonder how any amount of overclocking would be able to make up for removing 2 cores while still operating in the same price space.

With an estimated retail price of $195 dollars does the X4 975 offer enough bang for the buck? It’s a tough ask, and today we will find out if it succeeds.

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