AMD Phenom X4 9700 

First seen on January, 2013
  • 2.4 GHz
  • Quad core
8.8 Out of 10

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)

CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the AMD Phenom X4 9700 among desktop CPUs (over 75W)

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

Phenom X4 9700
5.8
FX 8350
7.3
PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

Phenom X4 9700
6.6
FX 8350
5.9
PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Phenom X4 9700
n.d.
FX 8350
0.0
Fire Strike

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

Phenom X4 9700
9.4
FX 8350
0.0
CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Phenom X4 9700
7.5
FX 8350
5.6
Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Phenom X4 9700
n.d.
FX 8350
7.3
Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

8.8

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Phenom X4 9700
8.8
FX 8350
6.0

Benchmarks Real world tests of the AMD Phenom X4 9700

CompuBench 1.5 (Bitcoin mining) Data courtesy CompuBench

Phenom X4 9700
92.01 mHash/s
FX 8350
n.d.

CompuBench 1.5 (Face detection)

Phenom X4 9700
19.9 mPixels/s
FX 8350
n.d.

CompuBench 1.5 (Ocean surface simulation) Data courtesy CompuBench

Phenom X4 9700
285.7 fps
FX 8350
n.d.

CompuBench 1.5 (T-Rex) Data courtesy CompuBench

Phenom X4 9700
1.63 fps
FX 8350
n.d.

CompuBench 1.5 (Video composition) Data courtesy CompuBench

Phenom X4 9700
29.99 fps
FX 8350
n.d.

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Phenom X4 9700
5,605
FX 8350
9,134

PassMark (Single Core)

Phenom X4 9700
1,770
FX 8350
1,525

Reviews Word on the street for the AMD Phenom X4 9700


6.0
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
Performance per watt 3.1 pt/W
Typical power consumption 101.56W
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