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Amd phenom ii x4 965 black edition running cpu heavy games

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February 16, 2013 1:13:58 AM

Hi I have an amd phenom ii x4 965 black edition and I was wondering can this cpu take the load of running cpu heavy games at high setting while maintaining high fps (anywhere above 35 fps).

While I'm on the subject of running games, I am starting to hear from people (don't know if they are intel fanboys or not) that the amd phenom ii x4 965 black edition is starting to become outdated and obsolete at running newer games that depend a good amount of power from the cpu.


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February 16, 2013 1:19:37 AM

i have an AMD phenom II x4 955 @ 3.8ghz and an intel 2500k

you would be hard pressed to tell the difference between the two CPUs without synthetic benchmarks. In games they give similar real world performance, the 2500k may give me steadier FPS (games stay mostly at 60FPS) while the phenom II x4 may dip down to 50FPS every now and then in a the same game. None the less the phenom II x4 runs games just fine and most games depend on video card power rather then a high performance CPU.
February 16, 2013 1:46:10 AM

My fiance has the Phenom II x4 965 and he can play WoW at Ultra at 55fps with the HD7770. Maybe not the kinda game you had in mind, but WoW is getting pretty CPU dependent these days, as much as video card.
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February 16, 2013 3:13:25 AM

I switched over from an x4 630@3.5ghz to a ivybridge and the difference was night and day. Note though that the athlon does not have L3 cache so the phenom might prove better in some stances, but I still think that ivy is way way more powerful than AMD.
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February 16, 2013 3:31:26 AM

Ahh sorry for double post!
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February 16, 2013 3:32:44 AM

For most games you won't see much of a difference (less than 10 fps difference) But for cpu intensive games the fps might dip by 20 fps (so 40 fps vs 60 fps)

The phenom is a good overclocker. Push it to its limits and just get a new build if it fries.
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February 16, 2013 3:38:04 AM

Using pII x4 955BE @ 3.8Ghz, still running fine with most games/apps (but i'm not heavy gamer)

in fact I just bought 7870, early test looks like it not bottleneck -ed by CPU (need more test & O.C. :D )

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February 18, 2013 5:15:57 AM

With my Phenom II 965 @ 3.8 GHz I was getting pretty bad bottlenecks once I got my GTX 670 in games like Skyrim, BF3, even a little in Diablo. I wouldn't say you need to upgrade any time soon but I'd recommend looking into it. I saw a nearly 20 FPS difference on ultra when I switched to Ivybridge in BF3, and closer to 25-30 in Skyrim. It's not that it's a bad CPU, it's just an architecture that's beginning to show its age in more modern games, I mean, it's a four year old processor. Not a fanboy, just recognizing that switching to Intel really benefited me

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February 18, 2013 8:59:05 AM

Its definitely a bit outdated now but still enough to pull modern games along for the next ~2 years
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April 14, 2013 10:37:05 PM

Ya the 965 used to be the pinnacle of PRICE/PERFORMANCE. I was so pleased with that CPU when I got it. But fact is it's getting old. Don't get me wrong it's still a powerful Quad no doubt about it and you can rest assured with a 965 you still have a way more powerful CPU than come in most of todays OEM boxes.

But when it xomes to the gaming and performance world I noticed my Phenom starting to slip alot. It never did very well in Skyrim even at 4ghz. I was literally blown away after installing my 2600k. Everything was just so much more snappy within the UI itself and I noticed a huge spike in minimum frame rates of most games I play.
April 7, 2014 4:59:59 PM

Hello! ^_^ Over a year has gone by since this post has opened, (sorry to open old threads :3) yet no one has motioned anything about One other contributing factor... the motherboard.. is it AM2+,AM3 or AM3+, (all will run the Phenom II X4's but the AM3+ has a different Chipset,some board have separated power planes to your CPU allowing for better 'Graphics', giving better load balance between your cpu & gpu (Working some what, like the newer APUs)... that would be just ONE factor... another is, what is the Northbridge on your motherboard???... I would be very, VERY interested as to what motherboard people are running whom say it Wont work ^_^ (you totally CAN put a High-pro, fully Turbo injected boxer four engine, into a 1970's VW bug ^_^, BUT!!!, you'll Never get the full output of the motor to the ground/asphalt because it "Bottlenecks" with the max performance of the ("stock")Transmission, axels, wheel bearings, tires, suspension, as well as other parts that would effect the FULL potential power the motor has to give. with this said, I built my machine when the Phenom II was so new, I still LAUGH/Cry at the price I paid for it... I have NEVER had a problem Running ANY modern games on them at all (Had to update my mother board from a slooooow 790N.B. & Updated my Graphics cards twice since 2009, I run my Phenom II x4 965 Black Edition with a single 4g Radeon card, and have run COD Ghosts, Thief, Bio shock Inf., BattleField 4.... so on & so forth ^_^... Granted, there ARE indeed MUCH better prossesors out there beside the AMD Phenom II X4, but as far as Modern Gaming goes, in short.. your fine.... (the XBone & PS4 both run on 2 "Jaguar" MOBILE-CPUs from AMD (IMHO nothing more than Glorified Mobile APU's ^_^, then SURE as SHOOTIN' your rig is fine for sometime to come. even some duo-core systems will STILL work Superb for gaming rigs, given the components play well together ^_~ (most likely too late by now ^_^ but ,Please, if anyone has some benchmarks proving the Phenom II x4 9xx is an obsolete processor for Gaming rigs, I would Sure love to see them numbers! ^_^)