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Meet Zosma: AMD's Quad-Core Phenom II X4 960T Gets Unlocked
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In the interest of including plenty of comparison data, we ran the Phenom II X4 960T in a handful of tests from our benchmark suite and plugged the results into charts from our Phenom II X6 1090T review. Thus, the charts you see on the following pages will likely look familiar, with the addition of numbers for the stock Phenom II X4 960T and the unlocked X4 960T.

Test Hardware
Processors
AMD Phenom II X4 960T (Zosma) 3.0 GHz, Socket AM3, 4 GT/s HyperTransport, 6MB L3, Power-savings enabled

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T (Thuban) 3.2 GHz, Socket AM3, 4 GT/s HyperTransport, 6MB L3, Power-savings enabled

Intel Core i7-980X (Gulftown) 3.33 GHz, LGA 1366, 12MB L3, Hyper-Threading enabled, Power-savings enabled

Intel Core i7-975 Extreme (Bloomfield) 3.33 GHz, LGA 1366, 8MB L3, Hyper-Threading enabled, Power-savings enabled

Intel Core i7-930 (Bloomfield) 2.8 GHz, LGA 1366, 8MB L3, Hyper-Threading enabled, Power-savings enabled

Intel Core i7-920 (Bloomfield) 2.66 GHz, LGA 1366, 8MB L3, Hyper-Threading enabled, Power-savings enabled

Intel Core i5-750 (Lynnfield) 2.66 GHz, LGA 1156, 8MB L3, Power-savings enabled

AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE (Deneb) 3.4 GHz, Socket AM3, 4 GT/s HyperTransport, 6MB L3, Power-savings enabled
Motherboards
ASRock 890FX Deluxe3 (Socket AM3) 890FX/SB850

MSI 890FXA-GD70 (Socket AM3) 890FX/SB850, BIOS A7640AMS

Gigabyte X58A-UD5 (LGA 1366) X58 Express, BIOS F4

Gigabyte P55A-UD7 (LGA 1156) P55 Express, BIOS F4

Asus M4A79T Deluxe (Socket AM3) 790FX/SB750, BIOS 2304
Memory
Corsair 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 7-7-7-20 @ DDR3-1333

Corsair 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 7-7-7-20 @ DDR3-1333
Hard Drive
Intel SSDSA2M160G2GC 160GB SATA 3 Gb/s

Intel SSDSA2MH080G1GN 80GB SATA 3 Gb/s
Graphics
Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 1GB
Power Supply
Cooler Master UCP 1100W
Heatsink
Intel DBX-B Thermal Solution
System Software And Drivers
Operating System
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
DirectX
DirectX 11
Platform Driver
Intel INF Chipset Update Utility 9.1.1.1015
Graphics DriverCatalyst 10.2

Benchmarks and Settings

Audio Encoding

iTunes

Version: 9.0.2.25 (64-bit), Audio CD ("Terminator II" SE), 53 min., Default format AAC

Video Encoding

MainConcept Reference 1.6.1

MPEG2 to MPEG2 (H.264), MainConcept H.264/AVC Codec, 28 sec HDTV 1920x1080 (MPEG2), Audio: MPEG2 (44.1 KHz, 2 Channel, 16-Bit, 224 Kb/s), Mode: PAL (25 FPS), Profile: Tom’s Hardware Settings for Qct-Core

HandBrake 0.9.4
Version 0.9.4, convert first .vob file from The Last Samurai to .mp4, High Profile

Applications

Autodesk 3ds Max 2010 (64-bit)

Version: 2009 Service Pack 1, Rendering Dragon Image at 1920x1080 (HDTV)

WinRAR 3.90

Version 3.90 (64-bit), Benchmark: THG-Workload (334 MB)

7-Zip

Version 4.65, Built-in Benchmark

Adobe Photoshop CS4
Radial Blur, Shape Blur, Median, Polar Coordinates filters
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