AMD Phenom II X4 Black 980 

Released May, 2011
  • 3.7 GHz
  • Quad core
  • Unlocked
5.1 Out of 10

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by Legit Reviews (May, 2011)
It's a six-core, 3.2GHz brute that's also happy in any AM3 board.
by Tech Radar (Jul, 2011)

CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the AMD Phenom II X4 Black 980 among desktop CPUs (over 75W)

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

Phenom II X4 Black 980
5.5
FX 8350
7.4
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 980
5.7
FX 8350
6.9
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 980
0.0
FX 8350
0.0
FX 6300
0.0
Fire Strike

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

Phenom II X4 Black 980
0.0
FX 8350
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 980
5.3
FX 8350
5.7
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 980
n.d.
FX 8350
6.3
FX 6300
6.5
Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

5.1

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Phenom II X4 Black 980
5.1
FX 8350
5.8
FX 6300
5.8

Benchmarks Real world tests of the AMD Phenom II X4 Black 980

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Phenom II X4 Black 980
6,486
FX 8350
11,483
FX 6300
7,871

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Phenom II X4 Black 980
1,884
FX 8350
2,193
FX 6300
2,053

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Phenom II X4 Black 980
149,650 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 980
6,291
FX 8350
10,956
FX 6300
7,447

GeekBench

Phenom II X4 Black 980
7,124
FX 8350
12,796
FX 6300
9,503

3D Mark 11 (Physics)

Phenom II X4 Black 980
4,260
FX 8350
6,880
FX 6300
6,080

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Phenom II X4 Black 980
4,663
FX 8350
9,134
FX 6300
6,444

PassMark (Single Core)

Phenom II X4 Black 980
1,322
FX 8350
1,525
FX 6300
1,446

Reviews Word on the street for the AMD Phenom II X4 Black 980


8.0
If you're happy getting the most out of a single core in your applications, the X4 980 Black Edition is looking good.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Socket Type

To start out the overclocking process with the AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition we simply increased the multiplier by .5 at a time.
by Legit Reviews (May, 2011)
In the last 2+ years AMD has increased the speed of the Phenom II X4 processors 700MHz which is nearly 25!
by Legit Reviews (May, 2011)
The AMD Phenom II X4 980 BE saw an improvement of 59.4 seconds in wPrime when it was overclocked to 4545MHz.
by Legit Reviews (May, 2011)

Socket

The XFX Radeon HD 6950 graphics cards were run with 11.4 CATALYST suite drivers.
by Legit Reviews (May, 2011)
3.7 GHz is 100MHz less than what we were able to overclock our original Phenom II X4 940 to back in January '09.
by Legit Reviews (May, 2011)
The AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition uses a 200MHz front side bus and an x18.5 multiplier for a final clock speed of 3.7GHz.
by Legit Reviews (May, 2011)

Performance

Pound for pound, it delivers excellent performance.
by Tech Radar (Jul, 2011)
Benchmark Results: The AMD Phenom II 980 Black Edition did a fine job keeping up with all of the processors today.
by Legit Reviews (May, 2011)
Benchmark Results: The AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition fell right into the middle of the pack.
by Legit Reviews (May, 2011)

Benchmark

Benchmark Results: The results from Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty seem to favor the Intel Processors.
by Legit Reviews (May, 2011)
Benchmark Results: The AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition processor memory bandwidth was right where we expected it to perform.
by Legit Reviews (May, 2011)
Benchmark Results: The AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition processor has similar performance to the Intel Core i7 950, at least for the first pass.
by Legit Reviews (May, 2011)

Multicore

AMD has taken the 'Deneb' core architecture and stretched it out as far as they could.
by Legit Reviews (May, 2011)
It's been over two years since the original AMD Phenom II X4 processor was released using the 'Deneb' core architecture and, believe it or not, the core architecture remains exactly the same.
by Legit Reviews (May, 2011)
AMD says that the 980BE is a great general purpose CPU for enthusiasts and gamers alike because it has the cores, the cache and the frequency needed for a wide range of tasks.
by Legit Reviews (May, 2011)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Clock speed 3.7 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. SSE4a
  2. 3DNow!
  3. SSE2
  4. SSE
  5. MMX
  6. SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes

power consumption

TDP 125W
Annual home energy cost 39.65 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 144.19 $/year
Performance per watt 1.3 pt/W
Peak power consumption 164.6W
Typical power consumption 133.74W

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

overclocking

Overclock popularity 29
Overclocked clock speed 4.27 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.7 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.27 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in
Memory type DDR3
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