AMD Begins Funeral Procession for Five Phenom II Processors

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Athlonite

I'm still using my old Phenom II x4 940 sitting at 3.4GHz and the HT at 2.4GHz + 2x HD5770's @ 940MHz core and 1300MHz mem works well for me in 1920x1080p gaming

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Hilarity

Still have a 965 clocked up to 3.8GHz, northbridge pumped to 2.4Ghz, approaching 2yrs now, sure I have the cash to upgrade, but do I need to? Nope. This coming Christmas I think I'll just slap in a new GPU and a new case (mmm, HAF!) and I'm set for the next year.

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h e x e n

Still got my 965 and love it. Couple it with some decent GPU's and there's not a game out that will slow it down.

I'll probably hang on to it for another year or so, at the very least.

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SkinnyZeroOne

I'm on the X4 955 BE also for 3 years now - OC'd to 3700. But what caught my eye is what I believe is a typo as I also was looking at the 965 way back when & then the 975 when it came out.

As far as I know - the 965 has the same 6MB cache as the 955 & the rest of the line - not 8. I always remember wishing that AMD would have increased the cache along with the clock speed when I saw the specs of their new processors the first time - but they never did. Even the 975 has the same 6MB. I might have picked one up if they increased it. But still - they are just great processors. This is the longest time I'm on the same processor for my main machine.

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mhouston100

Same boat here, around 3 years and hasn't missed a beat. Running at just on 4GHz at the moment. I dont really have any plans to upgrade any time soon.

The best part is the stable (upgradeable) platform, not long ago I move to an AM3+ board so I could bump the ram to 16GB DDR3 and slot that bad boy straight in there with no worries.

Longest and most valued purchase for PC part to date.

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xXSINS OF WARXx

Ah, the good old phenom II chips. AMD's best architecture and C3 stepping to date. Too bad bulldozer made me want to slit my wrist. I almost gave into Intel's oh so speedy and seductive Ivy Bridge, but ultimately I found a Newegg deal I couldn't refuse. Just got me a Phenom X4 975 for $110 with two free games and a coupon for a years worth of CPUMagazine; currently clocked @ 4.1 Ghz, I'm satisfied for another generation or two. Just sold my Phenom II X2 550 for $60 on Ebay too, LOL.

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Xenite

Bulldozer are not bad chips, I'd still pick them above overpriced chips from Intel. AMD's problem was they was aiming for a threading/core technology that isn't really supported yet in Windows. So the early numbers looked bad, a patch has been released since then but it's still not great support for the technology.

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Athlonite

AND if you install the two patches MS put out not long ago for threading and core parking you'll get an decent increase in perf from your bulldozer based CPU's

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xXSINS OF WARXx

Fair enough, however many of us AMD enthusiast expected bulldozer to be a game changer and instead it ended up disappointing almost everyone. It's sad that AMD's new gen architecture doesn’t even come close to Intel’s ivy bridge let alone Sandy. They jumped on the extra core bandwagon and took it too far and it ended up back firing. They should be trying to find ways to make each core faster and more efficient instead of just slapping extra cores which no game or any O.S. for that matter will ever take advantage of until a few years from now.

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JoetheMobster

Am still running a Phenom II X4 955 BE too! It does what I need it to do.

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GenMasterB

Same here! slightly overclocked, but still chugging along and playing Battlefield 3 pretty well I might add!...

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tornato7

These were great processors, and I'm still trying to sell an AMD 940 BE if anyone wants to buy it

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Athlonite

I have one of those good little procy and OC's quite well

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Trooper_One

My 965 still rock and rolls and can handle modern games thrown at her (D3, BF3, etc..)!

That's too bad, they're fairly cheap if you can get them and you don't need to spend an arm and a leg on a corresponding mobo. It's just too bad they got such bad press over the years vs Intel's chips. Oh well, so long and hope AMD does better in their future generations of CPU's.

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vrmlbasic

Well, my 955 BE has served me well. Hopefully AMD's new chip that is slated for October will be in my machine, replacing the 955 which will now become truly a "legacy" chip in December.

When I placed my order, I somehow missed out that the 965 has 2 MB more cache than the 955...

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Xenite

Still rocking my 955 that I OC'ed to 965 speeds (I know, I'm daring!) Just no need to upgrade yet, playing every game that comes out on max settings with zero problems.

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noobstix

Still rockin' my Phenom II X4 955 BE right here. I actually debated whether I wanted the 955 or 965 but settled on the 955 for $20 less since I'd figure 200mhz isn't a lot to argue about. The CPU and mobo have been the only things I haven't changed in the few years I've had them (I've gotten a new video card and some more RAM). I paid about $180 for the mobo+CPU ($30 for the mobo since it was discontinued and $150 for the CPU).

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Jeffredo

X4 955 BE was one of the most useful chips they ever made. They could have stopped right there and forgot about all the "speed bumps" that followed (965, 970, 975, 980). Nothing more than marketing ploys on the same chip.

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