|AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition review|
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AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition review
Whatever your feelings regarding AMD (and indeed Intel), there can be no doubt that competition is a good thing - Thus, while AMD's first-generation Phenom parts languished in a world of poor performance, I'm sure I wasn't the only one hoping and praying for better things the next time around.
Thank goodness then for the Phenom II, that fixed everything which ailed its predecessor while also returning us to the point where considering building an AMD system didn't seem like the thoughts of a madman. Sure, they may not have been able to match the best that Intel had to offer in terms of raw performance, but instead the Phenom II has opted to fight smart with tempting prices and features to draw in certain subsets of PC users, most notably thanks to their multiplier unlocked Black Edition offerings.
Indeed, it's another Black Edition part that is the subject of today's big launch, as AMD gives the Phenom II another clock speed boost by way of a shot in the arm to edge it ever close to their rivals in blue. The result is the Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition, so what's it all about? That's what we're here to find out.