AMD Phenom 2 965

Hi Toms,

Just a simple question, is it possible non-overclock processor i.e AMD phenom 2 965 BE will be "hot" if i'm not changing from their manufacturer heatsink?
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  1. No you should be fine. The heatsink that AMD provides with their higher end Phenom II's are pretty nice with heatpipes and a copper base, you will be fine.
  2. Though The stock heatsinks are not very effective ones...
    But they are good enough for handling the processors at stock speed...
  3. there are lot of possibilities of heating since AMD athlon, and then overclockers disband the stock heatsinks replacing with aftermarket. What do you think if I'm a hardcore gamer say FarCry, NFS, GTA etc want some insurance from AMD? do you think i should stay with stock or the aftermarket? if it was aftermarket can you guys recommend it for me?

    And do you think is it worth it to buy AMD Phenom II 965 BE or the Intel i5 or i7?
  4. I would say go with i5 750, cause it has Turbo mode, so you won't need to OC you Phenom to get better results. i5 will do it for you, when you'll need more power. If you want to go with AMD take 955, i don't think it's worth paying 40$ more.
  5. I always go for an aftermarket heatsink/fan.
    Here is a good one for less than$20.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835119091

    I think the Phenom II 965 is kinda priced too high although the price recently dropped substantially by $30 in the last few days from $245 U.S. to $215 U.S. over at newegg.I prefer the Phenom II 955 myself because the price is much lower $180 U.S. or $35 less than the Phenom II 965.

    The i5 would be better (the CPU easily outperforms the Phenom II's especially when over clocked) unfortunately there have been reports about defective sockets on that platforms motherboards.Also some other problems with some motherboards.Until it's worked out I would avoid it for a few months.

    The i7 920 on the X58 Platform is incredible and no problems with it.
    Well worth it's price although it's more expensive.


    See the CPU recommendations here or at the top of the forum.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/267801-28-buyer-guide
  6. jj463rd said:
    I always go for an aftermarket heatsink/fan.
    Here is a good one for less than$20.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835119091

    I think the Phenom II 965 is kinda priced too high although the price recently dropped substantially by $30 in the last few days from $245 U.S. to $215 U.S. over at newegg.I prefer the Phenom II 955 myself because the price is much lower $180 U.S. or $35 less than the Phenom II 965.

    The i5 would be better (the CPU easily outperforms the Phenom II's especially when over clocked) unfortunately there have been reports about defective sockets on that platforms motherboards.Also some other problems with some motherboards.Until it's worked out I would avoid it for a few months.

    The i7 920 on the X58 Platform is incredible and no problems with it.
    Well worth it's price although it's more expensive.


    See the CPU recommendations here or at the top of the forum.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/267801-28-buyer-guide


    sweet heatsink dude, thanks for the advice all of you.
  7. Well for you canadians out there that want an AMD processor...

    http://infonec.com/site/main.php?module=detail&id=449110

    http://infonec.com/site/main.php?module=detail&id=444317

    $200 CAN for 965 and $180 CAN for 955 is a really good deal, but I'm not sure if they do shipping to US.
  8. AMD Phenom II X4 965 is sure a sweet thing i ever dream of!!
  9. meeboo said:
    Hi Toms,

    Just a simple question, is it possible non-overclock processor i.e AMD phenom 2 965 BE will be "hot" if i'm not changing from their manufacturer heatsink?



    Kit = AMD_965/MSI-790-gd70/NV_9800-gtx+ no aftermarket heatsinks: Under Linux_UBUNTU_9.04:

    After running a few PHORONIX number-crunching tests I'm measuring CPU=42-C in BIOS, HDD=31-C & NV= 50-C
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