AMD Phenom II X4 Black 960T 

Released December, 2010
  • 3 GHz
  • Quad core
  • Unlocked
5 Out of 10

I'm leaving it at 3.62ghz for now because it feels lightning fast as is, but it's nice to know that I'll have the option to increase the speeds by at least another 500mhz down the road if I want it.
by Cranapple (Dec, 2011)
I believe a 4.3-4.4GHz X4 daily OC is completely reasonable if you have the right board.
by 2thAche (Nov, 2012)

CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the AMD Phenom II X4 Black 960T among desktop CPUs (over 75W)

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

Phenom II X4 Black 960T
5.3
FX 6300
6.2
PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

Phenom II X4 Black 960T
5.5
FX 6300
6.6
PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Phenom II X4 Black 960T
0.0
FX 6300
0.0
Fire Strike

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

Phenom II X4 Black 960T
0.0
FX 6300
0.0
CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Phenom II X4 Black 960T
5.3
FX 6300
6.0
Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Phenom II X4 Black 960T
n.d.
FX 6300
6.5
Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

5

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Phenom II X4 Black 960T
5.0
FX 6300
5.8

Benchmarks Real world tests of the AMD Phenom II X4 Black 960T

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Phenom II X4 Black 960T
6,327
FX 6300
7,871

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Phenom II X4 Black 960T
1,850
FX 6300
2,053

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Phenom II X4 Black 960T
145,100 MB/s
FX 6300
2,290,000 MB/s
Phenom II X4 955
129,850 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Phenom II X4 Black 960T
5,430
FX 6300
7,447

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Phenom II X4 Black 960T
8,319
FX 6300
8,232

GeekBench

Phenom II X4 Black 960T
8,399
FX 6300
9,503

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Phenom II X4 Black 960T
3,871
FX 6300
6,444

PassMark (Single Core)

Phenom II X4 Black 960T
1,141
FX 6300
1,446

Reviews Word on the street for the AMD Phenom II X4 Black 960T


9.6
It takes very little effort to bring it right up to 4ghz and still have a vcore under 1.40, probably still has a little headroom in it after 4.0 but I dont think the risk reward would be worth it.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Socket Type

I think 4.2-ish could be had as X6 with reasonable voltage and run daily as well.
by 2thAche (Nov, 2012)
I currently have mine at 4122mhz @ 1.35v, and it tops out at 41C under load (240 rad, ek block, fans at idle).
by Badwrench (Jan, 2012)
Has a 50/50 chance of unlocking it to a Thuban (X6) processor and even if you don't you can overclock it pretty far thanks to the low TDP.
by PsYcHo29388 (Nov, 2011)

Socket

Paired this with a GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 which at stock/auto settings set my vcore to a ridiculous 1.44v. I knew this was far too high for 3.0ghz, so manually set things, currently have it running 8+hours stable of prime95 at 3.62ghz @ 1.28v. Knowing that I can go up to 1.5v while still being considered within safe limits, there is quite a lot of headroom.
by Cranapple (Dec, 2011)
And because it's a Thuban, you can run 4 DIMMs at 1600.
by DireLeon2010 (Sep, 2012)
I personally recommend you that CPU if you have 4+1 mobo and you want to achieve higher clocks.
by yuksel911 (Dec, 2011)

Temperature

You'll need to think about VRM cooling and higher-end CPU cooling if you're planning on an unlocked OC.
by 2thAche (Nov, 2012)
Without unlock you can achieve 4GHz or more with lower voltages and lower heat issues.
by yuksel911 (Dec, 2011)
Heat is an issue and I had to put a fan on my VRMs and move to an H100 to avoid throttling under full load.
by 2thAche (Nov, 2012)

Multicore

The only downside between this processor and the i3-2100 is that you will have to OC this to about 3.7-3.8ghz to have equivalent core-for-core performance in gaming, but that's really not difficult with this processor and a half-decent motherboard.
by Cranapple (Dec, 2011)
Just because a board supports the hex-core Thubans out of the box doesn't necessarily mean it will the 960T.
by toothman (Feb, 2012)

Performance

I could not ask for better performance from a $125 price tag (I got mine on sale $10 off, would still buy it at $150).
by toothman (Feb, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Clock speed 3 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.4 GHz
Cores Quad core
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

Architecture HyperTransport 3.0
Data rate 8,000 MB/s
Transfer rate 4,000 MT/s
Clock speed 2,000 MHz

details

Threads 4 threads
L2 cache 0.5 MB
L2 cache per core 0.13 MB/core
L3 cache 0 MB
L3 cache per core 0 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm
Max CPUs 1
Clock multiplier 15
Voltage range Unknown - 1.55V
Operating temperature Unknown - 60°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 182
Overclock review score 5
Overclocked clock speed 4.14 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.23 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.14 GHz

power consumption

TDP 125W
Annual home energy cost 30.11 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 109.5 $/year
Performance per watt 1.58 pt/W
Typical power consumption 101.56W

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in
Memory type
  1. DDR3
  2. DDR2
Channels Dual Channel
Maximum bandwidth 12,800 MB/s
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