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Phenom 9700, AMD's 1st Quad-Core CPU

Power Dissipation - No Reliable Data

In order to measure their power consumption, we put the three Phenom models under a high load by using the multi-threaded version of Prime95, which stresses all cores of a CPU. We measured the power consumption on boards made by Asus, MSI and Gigabyte based on AMD's 790FX chipset. Our measurements fluctuated between 43.9 Watts and 23.3 Watts when idle. Since our Phenom processor is still an engineering sample and the BIOS versions of the motherboards we used were still BETA versions, we assume that Cool'n'Quiet 2.0 is not fully supported yet. This is supported by the fact that we received different results on the Gigabyte board using the BIOS versions F2e,F2h, and F2i. Under these circumstances, our results, especially the idle measurements, can thus not be considered reliableyet, since the boards still lack full support for the power saving functionality.

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  • spearhead
    good review but you should have had included more result of the overclocked phenom. i just want to know how much juce i you can push out of it for me it is a must it beats the 6400+ otherwise its not worth purchasing in my opinion, it just has to beat its older generation when its running at same clocks.that is why amd has to work on its clock speed and cache. hopefully deneb will be out soon. i would also realy appriciate it to see some review about the phenom 9850 black edition compared against both the 6000+ 6400+ and q6600 and q9300 and maybe some e8xxx model. with overclocked results. pushed it to the maximum. would be realy cool hehe :)
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  • haifen
    The SB700 does indeed support at least one PATA port as my motherboard has an IDE connector and I can use it with the ATIIXP PATA driver.
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