Product: AMD Phenom II X6 1100T BE Processor
Company: AMD
Authour: James Prior
Editor: Charles Oliver
Date: December 6th, 2010
Summary & Conclusions

AMD
AMD
AMD's Phenom II X6 1100T offers a mixed bag when compared to the Intel Core i7 series. Current shipping socket 1366 i7s are clocked higher than the i7-920 used in our testing, but hopefully the overclocking results show you a little of how the two architectures compare. Several applications benefit from the extra real physical cores of the Phenom II X6, showing significant performance improvements over the quad core + Hyper-Threading i7-920. Conversely, there are several tests that show the i7 simply can't be touched by AMD's STARS architecture, even with a full 1GHz clockspeed advantage. Conversely, some of the results (for example, gaming) infer some performance differences, but it's really not evident without the FPS counter.


The elephant in the room is the litigation and settlements between various world markets and Intel, as well as AMD and Intel's settlement. Admissions of wrong-doing are strictly controlled, and agreements such as compensation for companies that feel the need to recompile code using different compilers than Intel's compiler should give an indication of what could cause varying results. Intel's Nehalem architecture is excellent and powerful, certainly, but not all the differences in results can be explained through architecture advantages. The gaming experience offered by both configurations is identical, with plenty of power for our test bed's Sapphire Radeon HD 5970 OC.

Phenom II X6 1100T
Phenom II X6 1100T

As a platform, the AMD system offers a number of advantages. As Intel's X58 chipset predates SATA 3 and USB 3, it's implementation is somewhat lacking, being restricted to bandwidth starved controllers or power hungry extra bridges. Offering six SATA 3 ports, and 2 USB 3.0 Superspeed ports, AMD's 890FX platform will remain less dated in another year and a half than Intel's X58 has fared. Socket 1366 is on the way out in a month or so, meaning if you're considering buying into X58 now it's going to be a dead platform - this could be an opportunity for savings for your upgrade, if prices drop when Sandy Bridge introduces. Intel X58 based systems won't magically get slower when Sandy Bridge enters the market, but the only carry over from your old system will be the RAM. Early indications are that overclocking may be significantly curtailed except for specific edition processors, which may dampen the overclocker's enthusiasms a little.

5 Star Award
5 Star Award
AMD's Phenom II X6 1100T not only works in last generation DDR3 and DDR2 based motherboards (with requisite BIOS support), but also in AMD's upcoming AM3+ socket that will accompany their Bulldozer based products. Carrying over your RAM and CPU to a new platform will help spread the cost over time. At stock the X6 1100T has plenty of performance for today's games at HD resolution, and offers flexibility for multi-tasking and productivity users. Storage enthusiasts will like the six SATA 3 ports, now with AHCI TRIM support. The performance and new pricing updates make the Phenom II X6 1100T a 5-star CPU and platform, and we're awarding it accordingly.


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