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

Core Voltage - Lowered To 1.2 Volts

Our 65 nm sample of the Phenom processor operated at a core voltage of 1.225 Volts. When the processor switches to power saving mode, the voltage is reduced to 1.050 Volts. The BIOS still offers core voltage options to facilitate overclocking.

Temperatures

We used the Zalman CNPS9700 LED to cool the Phenom 9700 CPU, stressing it by running the multi-threaded version of Prime95 for half an hour. With the fan running at full speed, the CPU temperature reached 38°C. Reducing the fan speed resulted in a temperature of 45°C. When idle, the CPU stayed rather cool at only 32°C.

The CPU temperature in the BIOS.