AMD Phenom X4 9600 

Released November, 2007
  • 2.3 GHz
  • Quad core
  • Unlocked
4.8 Out of 10

When something is advertised to run faster, clock higher, or pretty much be the best of any product that is marketed, you expect it to be so.
by Legit Reviews (Mar, 2008)
The harsh truth is that AMD will have to shave as much as £50 off the price tag to make the 9600 truly attractive.
by Tech Radar (Feb, 2008)

CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the AMD Phenom X4 9600 among desktop CPUs (over 75W)

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

Phenom X4 9600
4.5
PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

Phenom X4 9600
4.6
PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Phenom X4 9600
0.0
Fire Strike

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

Phenom X4 9600
0.0
CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Phenom X4 9600
5.4
Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Phenom X4 9600
n.d.
Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

4.8

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Phenom X4 9600
4.8

Benchmarks Real world tests of the AMD Phenom X4 9600

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Phenom X4 9600
3,781

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Phenom X4 9600
1,038

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Phenom X4 9600
87,000 MB/s
Phenom II X4 955
129,850 MB/s
Core2 Quad Q6600
102,800 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Phenom X4 9600
3,554

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Phenom X4 9600
4,243

GeekBench

Phenom X4 9600
4,243

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Phenom X4 9600
2,324

PassMark (Single Core)

Phenom X4 9600
789

Reviews Word on the street for the AMD Phenom X4 9600


5.0
As Jason Cross noted in his earlier Phenom preview, AMD is shipping its Phenom 9500 (2.2Ghz) and Phenom 9600 (2.3GHz) CPUs.

7.0
Even running at 2.9GHz, Phenom lags significantly behind the mainstream 2.83GHz competition from Intel, much less Intel's top chip tweaked to run at 4GHz.

Overall

6.0 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Socket Type

At the setting of 200HTT, I was able to use a 13x multiplier, which gave me a total CPU speed of 2.6Ghz.
by Legit Reviews (Mar, 2008)
But the real problem is that the processor architecture that underlies Phenom is only slightly faster, in clock-for-clock terms, than AMD's outgoing Athlon 64 chips.
by Tech Radar (Feb, 2008)
That was as far as I could go, and I am not even sure I could call that stable because it could run most things, but never could finish the SuperPi 32m test.
by Legit Reviews (Mar, 2008)

Socket

We started our overclocking by using the stock multiplier, which is 11.5, and raising the HTT until we just could not do anything with it.
by Legit Reviews (Mar, 2008)
As you can see, our 230Mhz speed bump gave us a nice little boost.
by Legit Reviews (Mar, 2008)
Most people will probably buy this CPU thinking that it will be an overclocking beast, and that they are guaranteed to get 3.0GHz out of it.
by Legit Reviews (Mar, 2008)

Overclocking

We figured that by either manipulating the multiplier or the HTT, we would be able to get good overclocks and be able to dial in the perfect settings for our particular rig.
by Legit Reviews (Mar, 2008)
Overclocking is never a guarantee.
by Legit Reviews (Mar, 2008)
We will describe that a little better on the overclocking results page.
by Legit Reviews (Mar, 2008)

Multiplier

With that in mind, it is obvious why AMD wanted to release this part with unlocked multipliers and why they are not charging any extra.
by Legit Reviews (Mar, 2008)
He suggested that I leave the HTT alone and just raise the multiplier to see if it would go higher.
by Legit Reviews (Mar, 2008)
It meant that you were getting a CPU that had unlocked multipliers which can be a true dream to those that like to just absolutely push their systems to the max.
by Legit Reviews (Mar, 2008)

Performance

Overall though, it is always nice to get some free extra performance!
by Legit Reviews (Mar, 2008)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Clock speed 2.3 GHz
Cores Quad core
Socket type AM2+
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

power consumption

TDP 95W
Annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 83.22 $/year
Performance per watt 1.26 pt/W
Typical power consumption 77.19W

details

Architecture x86-64
Threads 4 threads
L2 cache 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 2 MB
L3 cache per core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm
Max CPUs 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 70°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.7 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.3 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.7 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None

bus

Clock speed 1,800 MHz
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