AMD Phenom II X6 1075T/X4 970/X2 560 and Athlon II X4 645
We’re always big fans of new product releases in the computer world. More bang for the buck, better quality products and, hopefully, price drops on parts that are being phased out. Even refreshes are great, while not necessarily revolutionary or possessive of huge performance leaps, they really can help to fill out a lineup or increase value at a given price point, like upping the multiplier on a part and slightly increasing clock speed.
Refreshes can come with improved steppings and silicon, making chips of the same speed run cooler and allowing for higher overclocks, something we all can appreciate. AMD hasn’t had a part refresh since Thuban reared its head nearly 5 months ago. Now there’s a new set of processors out for us to play with. From value-minded gamers and overclockers to average joe PC users, AMD has been a white knight of sorts, producing parts with some of the best performance per dollar we’ve seen.
Much has improved since the first line of Phenom processors, in all areas, but most importantly, overclockability. The last few product releases, for folks who run at stock, have simply been very modest clock increases, but for overclockers, the introductions of Thuban and the C3 stepping have been godsends for AMD overclockers.