AMD Phenom 2 Processor Price $195
The latest bump up in AMD’s line of quad cores is the Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition. The 975 BE is almost identical to the 970 Black Edition, with the lone difference being clock speeds— 3.6GHz for the former and 3.5GHz for the latter. The pleasure of having that extra 0.1GHz increase costs you $10, as the 975 costs $195 to the 970’s $185.
The similarities between the two persist even when overclocking. In a previous review, we overclocked the 970 from 3.5GHz to 4.05GHz; we pushed the 975 from 3.6GHz to 4.14GHz. If nothing else, AMD deserves credit for consistency in manufacturing.
AMD likes to offer a host of options for CPUs at a variety of price points, but the case of the 975 an 970 takes it to a whole new level. In any case, the 975 offers exactly the same price-for-performance ratio as its predecessor, the 970, so it’s a good buy—just not a necessary upgrade for many AMD users.
AMD Phenom 2 Processor Specs/Specifications
- Socket AM3
- Clock Speed 3.6GHz
- Hypertransport 3.0 link
- Cache 2MB