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AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE: Same Speed, Less Power

Test System

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
CPUPhenom II X4 965 BE (3.4 GHz, 6MB shared L3 Cache)OPN: HDZ965FBK4DGIPhenom II X4 965 BE (3.4 GHz, 6MB shared L3 Cache)OPN: HDZ965FBK4DGM
MotherboardAsus M4A785TD-V EVO AMD 785G, BIOS 0410
NetworkingOnboard Gigabit LAN controller
MemoryMushkin PC3-10700  2 x 2,048 MB, DDR3-1066, CL 9-9-9-24-33 1T
GraphicsIntegrated Radeon HD 4200
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar Black 640GB 7,200 RPM, 32MB Cache SATA 3.0 Gb/s
PowerePower EP-1200P10-T21,200W, ATX 12V, EPS 12v
Software and Drivers
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 7 x64
DirectX versionDirectX 11
Graphics DriversATI Catalyst 9.9