AMD Phenom II 955 X4 BE and Dragon Platform Refresh Review

Article Index

It’s April again and you’re probably helping your wife or mother with the task of spring cleaning. Spring is a time to open your windows and freshen up your home with some clean air and a nice thorough cleaning. Growing up, I hated spring cleaning but I did appreciate that along with spring cleaning came a time to refresh my wardrobe. It was spring/summer shopping time and I got to go and pick out not only new clothes, but at times a new bike and even that Reggie Jackson autographed baseball glove I had been yearning for all winter.

 

Now that I’m all grown up, I still have spring cleaning to do (some things never change) but instead of shopping for new clothes, I get to go out and buy what I want. This is a tradition that has never stopped and as I got older the only thing that changed was the toys I desired were more expensive. Now my spring shopping is usually for electronics, whether it is a TV or computers, maybe even a new BBQ grill with four burners.

AMD has also thought about refreshing things this Spring and their refresh is the Dragon Platform. Since January, AMD has launched a number of new Phenom II processors, which range from the 940 X4 which is the last of the AM2+ quad cores, to a whole new AM3 platform, which when launched, featured processors which are reverse compatible with the AM2+ socket. The Dragon Platform refresh comes with some new additions, the release of the Phenom II 955 Black Edition, which is an AM3 quad core processor with a clock speed of 3.2 GHz, the new ATI HD 4890 video card and a plethora of new AM3 motherboards which range from $130.00 for a 790GX to $199.00 for a 790FX.

All AM3 motherboards support DDR3 Memory up to 1600 MHz and, depending on the board itself, will either have onboard video which can be used for Hybrid Cross-FireX, or four PCI-e slots to accommodate Cross-FireX. The Phenom II 955 X4 Black Edition processor is also reverse compatible with AM2+ motherboards, just in case your spring cleaning budget won’t allow you to totally refresh.

Login Form