AMD Phenom II X4 Black 970 

Released September, 2010
  • 3.5 GHz
  • Quad core
  • Unlocked
5.1 Out of 10

Initial impressions in multi-threaded benchmarks are good.
by Tech Radar (Nov, 2010)
Speaking of clockspeeds, the 970's impressive stock frequency of 3.5GHz is actually its undoing when it comes to overclocking.
by Tech Radar (Nov, 2010)

CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the AMD Phenom II X4 Black 970 among desktop CPUs (over 75W)

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

Phenom II X4 Black 970
5.4
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 Black 970
5.5
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 Black 970
0.0
FX 6300
0.0
FX 8350
0.0
Fire Strike

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

Phenom II X4 Black 970
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 Black 970
5.3
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 Black 970
n.d.
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 Black 970
5.1
FX 6300
5.8
FX 8350
5.8

Benchmarks Real world tests of the AMD Phenom II X4 Black 970

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Phenom II X4 Black 970
6,243
FX 8350
11,483
FX 6300
7,871

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Phenom II X4 Black 970
1,785
FX 8350
2,193
FX 6300
2,053

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Phenom II X4 Black 970
140,800 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 Black 970
5,992
FX 8350
10,956
FX 6300
7,447

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Phenom II X4 Black 970
7,205
FX 8350
12,126
FX 6300
8,232

GeekBench

Phenom II X4 Black 970
7,205
FX 8350
12,796
FX 6300
9,503

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Phenom II X4 Black 970
4,446
FX 8350
9,134
FX 6300
6,444

PassMark (Single Core)

Phenom II X4 Black 970
1,240
FX 8350
1,525
FX 6300
1,446

Reviews Word on the street for the AMD Phenom II X4 Black 970


8.0
The result is competitive multi-threaded performance and no excuses.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Socket Type

The Core i5 is nearly 20 per cent quicker, despite a large clockspeed disadvantage.
by Tech Radar (Nov, 2010)
What's more, the 3.5GHz stock clockspeed doesn't leave much room for overclocking.
by Tech Radar (Nov, 2010)
However, clocked at 2.8GHz, the Core i5-760 has much more headroom to play with.
by Tech Radar (Nov, 2010)

Socket

It's a similar story in Cinebench R10.
by Tech Radar (Nov, 2010)

Applications

World in Conflict is a particularly demanding game for CPUs and it duly exposes Phenom's weakness.
by Tech Radar (Nov, 2010)

Price

However, thanks to typically lower motherboard prices, the overall platform cost is lower if you go with AMD.
by Tech Radar (Nov, 2010)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Clock speed 3.5 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
Max CPUs 1
Voltage range 0.83 - 1.4V
Operating temperature Unknown - 62°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 42
Overclocked clock speed 4.21 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.4 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 4,499
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.21 GHz

power consumption

TDP 125W
Annual home energy cost 45.4 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 139.11 $/year
Performance per watt 1.28 pt/W
Idle power consumption 66.9W
Peak power consumption 158.8W
Typical power consumption 135.83W
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