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AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE: Same Speed, Less Power
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We chose the Asus M4A785TD-V EVO motherboard for our CPU benchmarks, as it supports both the new and old revisions of the Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition CPUs that we will be testing. In addition, the integrated 785G graphics chipset will allow us to test power usage at the wall without a discrete graphics card present.

We're using a ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 cooler to give the CPU a little more overclocking headroom. It's a great heatsink and a good representation of the type of aftermarket cooler an enthusiast might pair the Phenom II X4 965 with.


AMD Test System
CPU

Phenom II X4 965 BE (3.4 GHz, 6MB shared L3 Cache)
OPN: HDZ965FBK4DGI
Phenom II X4 965 BE (3.4 GHz, 6MB shared L3 Cache)
OPN: HDZ965FBK4DGM

Motherboard

Asus M4A785TD-V EVO
AMD 785G, BIOS 0410

Networking
Onboard Gigabit LAN controller
Memory

Mushkin PC3-10700
  2 x 2,048 MB, DDR3-1066, CL 9-9-9-24-33 1T

Graphics

Integrated Radeon HD 4200

Hard Drive

Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB
7,200 RPM, 32MB Cache SATA 3.0 Gb/s

Power

ePower EP-1200P10-T2
1,200W, ATX 12V, EPS 12v

Software and Drivers
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 x64
DirectX versionDirectX 11
Graphics Drivers

ATI Catalyst 9.9

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