AMD Phenom X4 9700 

First seen on January, 2013
  • 2.4 GHz
  • Quad core

The big news here concerns individual frequency control for each core and split power planes for the memory controller and northbridge on the one hand and the execution cores on the other.
by Tech Radar (Nov, 2007)
Launch pricing for the 9500 and 9600 models is expected to be approximately £125 and £150, respectively, in the UK.
by Tech Radar (Nov, 2007)

Features Key features of the AMD Phenom X4 9700

clock speed

Phenom X4 9700
2.4 GHz
FX 8350
4 GHz
Core i7 920
2.66 GHz

L2 cache

Phenom X4 9700
2 MB
FX 8350
8 MB

L3 cache

Phenom X4 9700
2 MB
FX 8350
8 MB

overclocked clock speed (air)

Phenom X4 9700
3.5 GHz
FX 8350
4.73 GHz
Core i7 920
4.23 GHz

overclocked clock speed (water)

Phenom X4 9700
3.5 GHz
FX 8350
8.79 GHz
Core i7 920
4.16 GHz

TDP

Phenom X4 9700
125W
FX 8350
125W

Reviews Word on the street for the AMD Phenom X4 9700


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A range of further detail enhancements include the addition of HyperTransport 3.0 (only available when Phenom is used in conjunction with the latest AM2+ CPU socket) and DDR2 memory support boosted to 1066MHz, both in the name of increased bandwidth.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Socket Type

Indeed, due to a last moment alteration to AMD's launch plans, the 2.4GHz 9700 model reviewed here will not now be available until early 2008.
by Tech Radar (Nov, 2007)
Intel's competing Core 2 CPU architecture has offered a comparable capability since mid-2006.
by Tech Radar (Nov, 2007)
At 2.4GHz, Phenom can trail by more than 15 per cent.
by Tech Radar (Nov, 2007)

Socket

Similarly, Phenom's data fetch width has grown from 16 to 32 bytes, enabling it to fetch multiple instructions in a single cycle.
by Tech Radar (Nov, 2007)
The final static feature is the 65nm silicon manufacturing process.
by Tech Radar (Nov, 2007)
The extra pair of cores aside, the most significant tweak is the doubling of floating point unit width to 128-bit.
by Tech Radar (Nov, 2007)

Multicore

Rather, it's a moderate revision of AMD's existing K8 CPU architecture with the maximum core count taken up to four, plus a range of detail architectural enhancements.
by Tech Radar (Nov, 2007)
Or will the focal point for AMD's shortcomings simply shift from core count to pure performance?
by Tech Radar (Nov, 2007)
The only question is, can AMD really afford to sell its new quad-core chips this cheap.
by Tech Radar (Nov, 2007)

Performance

Again, the idea is boosting clock-for-clock performance.
by Tech Radar (Nov, 2007)
It's intriguing to note, however, that Phenom scales better from one to four cores in the Cinebench rendering test.
by Tech Radar (Nov, 2007)

Power

Finally, Phenom packs the latest revision of AMD's Cool 'n Quiet power management technology.
by Tech Radar (Nov, 2007)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Clock speed 2.4 GHz
Cores Quad core

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

bus

Clock speed 2,000 MHz

details

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 - 61°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.5 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.5 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.5 GHz

power consumption

TDP 125W
Annual home energy cost 30.11 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 109.5 $/year
Typical power consumption 101.56W
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