Apr 4, 2011

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T review

AMD products are known for their stellar energy efficiency and the Phenom II X 6 1090T is no exception. The processor features AMD's proprietary PowerNow and CoolCare technology, which allow the processor to smartly regulate its own energy consumption. Having an energy-efficient computer doesn't just help keep costs down. it also generates less heat and helps your computer to run more quietly. It will even prolong your processor's life cycle, so you can enjoy it for years without having to worry about degradation.

Since the first generation Phenom, AMD started a new trend. They offer core processor more than his rival at the market price. Market approach seems effective enough to make AMD's "addiction". When hexa-core processor Intel's launch, we know that the alternative choice of AMD will also soon come out. Of course, these AMD products will be cheaper than Intel's products, considering the AMD's previous track record.

AMD Phenom II X6 launched to respond to market demand and fans. The emergence of competition is once again heat up with a rival who had first launched its six-core processors. Along with the launching of two variants of the Phenom II X6 1055T and 1090T, AMD also introduced a new chipset 890GX/FX to accompany Phenom II X6. The combination of Phenom II X6, 890GX/FX and Radeon HD 5000 series, produce a new platform called "Leo".

Although the Phenom II X6 1090T has a number of core as much as six pieces, the technology used in the processor core is not much different from the Phenom family II previously. Because the chip is still using the same architecture. So basically, AMD is only six core compress them into "shells" with Phenom X4 II. The similarity of this technology is also included TDP is the same as the owner of the fastest Phenom X4 II at 125 W. But the owners of the code name "thuban" It still came up with something new.

One of these technologies include AMD TurboCore. This is a technology to increase the processor speed in certain conditions that were implanted into the Phenom II X6. This technology is similar to Intel's Turbo Boost, it's just a different implementation. AMD TurboCore this work when three or more core processors are not used. When TurboCore is active, the active core processors gain extra speed by up to 500 MHz, while the other processor core speed idle down to 800 MHz.

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T positioned by AMD to replace the previous Phenom X4 II 965. With a lower speed of 200 MHz, armed with two extra core and TurboCore, Phenom II X6 1090T superior Phenom X4 II. Meanwhile, other technical specifications are no different, with 3 MB L2 cache (the size of core / core 512 KB) and 6 MB of L3 cache shared the six core.

As a result, almost any way you cut it, a six-core Phenom II X6 should be faster than the Phenom II X4. The only exception would be when taxing exactly four threads causes the processor to drop to 3.2 GHz, keeping it from benefiting from the fifth and sixth cores, while operating at a lower clock rate than the 3.4 GHz Phenom II X4 965.

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