AMD debut first Phenom processors
Priced from $270 to $320 USD, the Phenom X4 9600 and 9500 are clocked at 2.3 GHz and 2.2 GHz, respectively.
First few reviews to hit the net include:
The Phenom 9900 does show some promise at 2.6GHz, but it may not be available until?who knows??perhaps Februrary or March. Until then, the Phenom 9600 will do battle at 2.3GHz against Intel’s Core 2 Quad Q6600 and its presumptive 45nm successor. AMD has priced the 9600 to compete with the Q6600, and that makes it a potentially attractive product. However, the Phenom’s well-publicized clock frequency issues keep it from being a slam-dunk. The Phenom 9600 was generally a little slower overall in our tests than the Q6600. If it ran at 2.4GHz, then it might be comparatively stronger. AMD’s plan to release an unlocked version of the Phenom 9600 may help tip the scales in the 9600’s favor for some folks, but I suspect they won’t find much overclocking headroom in those chips. In fact, our 2.6GHz engineering sample wasn’t 100% stable, which is why you won’t find any overclocking results in this review.
The 2.4GHz 9700 won’t arrive until December – while the 2.6Ghz flavor will arrive Q1 ’08, we hope…