AMD Phenom II X4 965 

Released November, 2009
  • 3.4 GHz
  • Quad core
  • Unlocked
5.1 Out of 10

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by Legit Reviews (Aug, 2009)
Taking a closer look at the Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition with CPU-Z 1.52.1 you can see the details on this 3.4GHz monster.
by Legit Reviews (Aug, 2009)

CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the AMD Phenom II X4 965 among desktop CPUs (over 75W)

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

Phenom II X4 965
5.8
FX 6300
6.2
FX 8350
7.4
PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

Phenom II X4 965
5.7
FX 6300
6.6
FX 8350
6.9
PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Phenom II X4 965
0.0
FX 6300
0.0
FX 8350
0.0
Fire Strike

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

Phenom II X4 965
0.0
FX 6300
0.0
FX 8350
0.0
CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Phenom II X4 965
5.2
FX 6300
6.0
FX 8350
5.7
Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Phenom II X4 965
5.3
FX 6300
6.5
FX 8350
6.3
Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

5.1

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Phenom II X4 965
5.1
FX 6300
5.8
FX 8350
5.8

Benchmarks Real world tests of the AMD Phenom II X4 965

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Phenom II X4 965
6,266
FX 8350
11,483
FX 6300
7,871

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Phenom II X4 965
1,774
FX 8350
2,193
FX 6300
2,053

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Phenom II X4 965
137,800 MB/s
FX 8350
2,470,000 MB/s
FX 6300
2,290,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Phenom II X4 965
5,974
FX 8350
10,956
FX 6300
7,447

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Phenom II X4 965
6,445
FX 8350
12,126
FX 6300
8,232

GeekBench

Phenom II X4 965
7,939
FX 8350
12,796
FX 6300
9,503

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Phenom II X4 965
5,916
FX 8350
9,134
FX 6300
6,444

PassMark (Single Core)

Phenom II X4 965
1,361
FX 8350
1,525
FX 6300
1,446

Reviews Word on the street for the AMD Phenom II X4 965


7.0
The six-core chip definitely makes more sense for a video editing rig.

8.8
At 4ghz under water, the C3 revision of this chip is a very good performer for the price.

Overall

8.4 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Socket Type

I was able to get this beast up as high as 4.7ghz at one point, but only 4.5ghz would allow me into windows, and only 4.2ghz would allow me to use my system fully with 90% stability.
by XPD541 (Nov, 2011)
With the CPU voltage increased to 1.475V in the BIOS, we were able to hit 4.2GHz after raising the multiplier up to x21 from x17.
by Legit Reviews (Aug, 2009)
Until that happens, it's stuck with execution cores that largely date back to 2003.
by Tech Radar (Sep, 2010)

Socket

This processor is based off the same 45nm 'Deneb' core that the previous Phenom II processors and the core itself was made by GLOBALFOUNDARIES at Fab 1 module 1 in Dresden, Germany (formerly AMD Fab 36) using 45nm DSL SOI (silicon-on-insulator) technology.
by Legit Reviews (Aug, 2009)
Processor Performance on Pov-Ray 3.7 Beta 25:The Persistence of Vision Ray-Tracer was developed from DKBTrace 2.12 (written by David K. Buck and Aaron A. Collins) by a bunch of people (called the POV-Team) in their spare time.
by Legit Reviews (Aug, 2009)
I cool it with the stock cooler that came with the FX (it's beefier than the one that came with this one) and I'm running 4.2 gig without overheating it.
by oldcompgeek (Aug, 2012)

Applications

The calculations are performed after a spreadsheet with a large dataset is updated with new values and must re-calculate many data points.
by Legit Reviews (Aug, 2009)
This thing can do everything I want and play a game without breaking a sweat.
by The-Overclocker (May, 2012)
This processor outperforms them both in every test and application that I have thrown at it!
by oldcompgeek (Aug, 2012)

Performance

The price to performance is light years ahead of intel although I'm smart enough to admit that if you have the money, Intel has the speed... (dang I hate admitting that lol) I would definitely reccommend this to anyone that wants good performance and doesnt need the Intel name.
by oldcompgeek (Aug, 2012)
Overall it is a great chip, I was happy with it's performance.
by Ironman517 (Oct, 2012)
In the first run, the benchmark only uses one CPU (or CPU core), to ascertain a reference value.
by Legit Reviews (Aug, 2009)

Gaming

The game is a parallel story that follows Sergeant Michael "Psycho" Sykes, a character from the original Crysis, as he faces his own trials and challenges on the other side of the island during the time period of the first game.
by Legit Reviews (Aug, 2009)
Admittedly, the higher clocked 965 does turn the table in the World of Conflict timedemo, proving that more cores often doesn't equate to better gaming performance.
by Tech Radar (Sep, 2010)
This chip was a great buy for the time and it has suited my needs (Folding, Transcoding, Gaming, Non-Hardware Encryption, etc.) very nicely considering that even in March of 2010, it was seriously outgunned by comparably priced Intel chips.
by XPD541 (Nov, 2011)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Clock speed 3.4 GHz
Turbo clock speed 0 GHz
Cores Quad core
Socket type AM3
Is unlocked Yes

features

Has a NX bit Yes
Has virtualization support Yes
Instruction set extensions
  1. MMX
  2. SSE
  3. SSE2
  4. 3DNow!
  5. SSE4a
  6. SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes

integrated graphics

GPU None

bus

Clock speed 2,000 MHz

details

Architecture x86-64
Threads 4 threads
L2 cache 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 6 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm
Transistor count 758,000,000
Max CPUs 1
Clock multiplier 17
Voltage range 0.85 - 1.43V
Operating temperature Unknown - 62°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 22
Overclock review score 5
Overclocked clock speed 4.04 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.21 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 3,136.7
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.04 GHz

power consumption

TDP 140W
Annual home energy cost 54.06 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 152.42 $/year
Performance per watt 1.27 pt/W
Idle power consumption 89.7W
Peak power consumption 174W
Typical power consumption 152.93W
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Comments

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My 965 runs on a M4A89TD Pro mobo at 4.5 Ghz stable all the time. I can take it up to 4.7 Ghz but do not want to stress it that much :) It is water based cooling.
Was a fantastic processor while it lasted... Gaming, video encoding, farming... all very good. Unfortunately is not longer the best option because of the new instructions and IPC.
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