Our Phenom 9600 Black Edition review sample uses a stock core voltage of 1.250 V. We were able to increase the CPU's frequency from 2.30 GHz to 2.60 GHz without having to raise the voltage. Overclocked by 13.04%, our Phenom 9600 Black Edition was completely stable.
Prime95 stable at 1.250 V
At its default frequency of 2.30 GHz, the Phenom 9600 uses a memory divider of 7, resulting in a memory frequency of DDR2-766. Overclocking the CPU to 2.60 GHz does not yet allow us to use the next smallest divider, so the memory speed drops to DDR2-742. An internals protection mechanism incorporated into the CPU prevents the memory from running at more than DDR2-800 speed.
Of course, you are still able to reach a higher memory clock speed by overclocking the FSB / Hypertransport bus. However, since the Black Edition processors come with an unlocked multiplier, this method does not make much sense. The Phenom's memory controller also supports SLI functionality for memory if the RAM offers it. This feature is exclusive to the more expensive modules, though.
|Phenom Memory Dividers|
|CPU Frequency||Divider 5||Divider 6||Divider 7|
Since the CPU limits the memory speed to a maximum frequency of DDR2-800, the memory speed defaults to DDR2-766 at 2.3 GHz, and DDR2-742 at 2.6 GHz.
The memory runs 12 MHz (24 MHz DDR) slower as a result of the Phenom 9600 BE being overclocked to 2.60 GHz.
|Phenom 9600 Black Edition @ 2.60 GHz|
|CPU Frequency||2.60 GHz (+ 13.04%)|
|internal FSB/HTT||200 MHz / 1800 MHz|
|Core Voltage||default (1.250 V)|
|Memory Frequency||DDR2-742 (371 MHz)|
|Memory Latency||CL 4.0-4-4-12|
- AMD Phenom 9600 Black Edition
- B2 Stepping - TLB Bug Is Still Around
- B2 Stepping - TLB Bug Is Still Around, Continued
- Phenom 9600 Black Edition
- Overclocking - AMD's OverDrive Badly Supported
- Overclocking - Newer Versions From Other Sources?
- Overclocking - AMD OverDrive Not Yet Mature
- Overclocking - AMD OverDrive Not Yet Mature, Continued
- Overlocking By 13.04% - 2.60 GHz
- Overclocking - Hitting The Limit At 2.70 GHz
- Overclocking - Hitting The Limit At 2.70 GHz, Continued
- Only 12.5% More Performance
- Slower Than Intel's Core 2 Quad Q6600
- Power Consumption - 21 Watts When Idle
- Power Consumption - 150 Watts When Overclocked
- Test Setup
- Software Configuration
- 3D Games - UT2004, Prey
- 3D Games - Quake 4, Warhammer
- 3D Games -Supreme Commander, Serious Sam 2
- 3D-Rendering - Cinema 4D, 3D-Studio Max
- Applications - AVG, WinRAR
- Applications - Photoshop, PDF
- Applications - Deep Fritz
- Audio Encoding - ITunes, Lame
- Synthetic - Sandra CPU
- Synthetic - Sandra Memory
- Synthetic - Sandra Multimedia
- Synthetic - PC-Mark
- Synthetic - 3DMark06
- Video Encoding - Xvid, Pinnacle Studio
- Video Encoding - Premiere, Mainconcept
- Video Encoding - HDTV, DivX
- Video Encoding - CloneDVD
- Conclusion - AMD's Phenom 9600 Can't Beat Intel's Q6600