AMD releases its fastest desktop processor ever, the six-core Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition

AMD releases its fastest desktop processor ever, the six-core Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition

Summary: For those who want serious performance without spending hundreds of dollars on Intel's Core i7 processors, AMD offers the Phenom II X6 CPU series -- six cores for under $300. Intel's rival has just delivered a new version, the 1100T Black Edition, that benchmarking sites have found to be the fastest desktop processor AMD has released to date.

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For those who want serious performance without spending hundreds of dollars on Intel's Core i7 processors, AMD offers the Phenom II X6 CPU series -- six cores for under $300. Intel's rival has just delivered a new version, the 1100T Black Edition, that benchmarking sites have found to be the fastest desktop processor AMD has released to date.

The 1100T is a few tweaks ahead of its predecessor, the 1090T Black Edition, and based on the same Thuban 45nm core. For the uninitiated, Black Edition means that the processor has an unlocked multiplier, which aids in overclocking. While the 1090T has a 3.2GHz core clock speed and a Turbo Core frequency of 3.6GHz, the 1100T bumps these up to 3.3GHz and 3.7GHz, respectively.

The 1100T continues the Phenom II X6's assault on Intel Core i5 CPUs, with Hot Hardware finding that it could surpass the Core i5-750 quad-core on a number of benchmarks and Anandtech concluding that it could even hang close to the Core i7-860. Just don't expect it to get anywhere near the performance of Intel's six-core Core i7s.

The good news is you won't have to pay anywhere near $1,000 for AMD's top six-core CPU. The 1100T is listed at just $265, which means that the 1090T is now priced even less at $235. You might not get the ultimate processor bragging rights, but you'll get a better price-for-performance deal.

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  • The Phenom is awesome

    But better multithreaded bang-for-the-buck belongs to the Athlon II quad-cores, starting at around $100. Intel just doesn't have multithreading performance even close at that price.<br><br>Some people think that iPad's are killing netbooks. I'd say it's customers buying AMD based "notbooks" - the 15.6" models with lower-end AMD platforms that stomp on the Atom. The fad of netbooks is over. Consumers are looking for standard sized notebooks with good performance, HD video, half-decent 3D game support, and at a relatively cheap price. The Atom just isn't a good value anymore, but it never really was in the first place, as consumers have already found out.<br><br>If you look at all the sub-$500 specials at big box stores there are far more AMD systems than Intel now. Someone should ask the computer companies how these so-called "notbooks" are selling compared to netbooks. I'm guessing sales are up, which explains the decline in netbooks more realistically than higher-priced iPads.
    Joe_Raby
    • RE: AMD releases its fastest desktop processor ever, the six-core Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition

      @Joe_Raby damn finally someone gets it, i pads didn't cause the net-book downfall cheap notebooks did but as usual idiots will give the credit to apple and the itampax. why the hell would i buy something with an atom processor for 250- 350 when i could get better performance for 320-350?
      dresky - take out ya nerd sticks and lets nerd fap
      • RE: AMD releases its fastest desktop processor ever, the six-core Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition

        @dresky - take out ya nerd sticks and lets nerd fap

        Too bad the sales numbers don't match your claims. But why let facts get in the way of a good argument?
        DeusXMachina
    • RE: AMD releases its fastest desktop processor ever, the six-core Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition

      @Joe_Raby

      I agree and I love my Phenom II X4. I know in some benchmarks (mainly synthetic ones) the i7 wins but in real world performance you cannot get a better bang for the buck than AMD.

      As far as the whole Netbook vs. Notebook vs. iPad goes I find that people are purchasing the iPad as an accessory to their notebook but actually paying the same price or more than they did for their notebook. Then carrying both around and in some cases turning on the notebook just so they can use some remote connection to it on their iPad. Seems like a waste to me. Heck I have a couple teachers that use it like a remote for their computers hooked to a projector in their classrooms. When I raised the question what is wrong with a $50 wireless Mouse/Pointer that does essentially the same thing as many times they are sitting at a desk in the room just facing the screen but we have presenter mice that work very well at a fraction of the price. But I guess they cannot play their games and waste time with a presenter mouse.
      bobiroc
      • RE: AMD releases its fastest desktop processor ever, the six-core Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition

        @bobiroc
        But what I'm trying to figure out is why they made special comparison to the i5-750. It's a quad core, yes, but intel clearly states it does NOT have hyperthreading. You're comparing a quad to a hex. Obviously the hex is going to be better.

        Also, the writer made special mention again that it cannot beat intel's hexacores, but I found a disturbing lack of information about the series 900 i7 core processors that are quads. Those all have hyperthreading and a fantastic architecture, and they work as though they have 8 cores (I know it's not the same as hardware 8). I'd enjoy a comparison to say... their i7-930. That should be a 2.8Ghz chip; and it is also at the same price as that hexacore. This post sounds very pro-AMD to me, rather than making a proper comparison.

        I'm not saying AMD is a bad chip lineup by any means; on the contrary it's great price/performance ratio for CPUs. My desktop uses an AMD dual core at 2.9Ghz too. But to me, this post looks more like its promoting AMD outright, rather than an objective comparison with good pros and cons.
        D2 Ultima
      • RE: AMD releases its fastest desktop processor ever, the six-core Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition

        @bobiroc and the other who already replied to you...

        This is a semi-tech blog site, if you want heavy comparisons or more in depth Vs. articles, go to a hardware review website. this site is more of an FYI place, I get the emails for ZDNet, else I would never come here.

        You need to think of this as a "hey, personal experience has shown me how good "x" is, but I find that "y" is much more efficient and can do more for less $$$" type of an article.

        (fyi I have a Phenom II x4 955 BE in my system, bought it pre-order for ~$325, price dropped almost $75 3 months or so later, but I still love it, and am looking to upgrade to a hexacore, I use my system primarily for VM's and assign them specific cores to utilize so they do not impact any normal usage I put in on the machine. More cores is always better for me. I purchased my MB as an AM3 (not a 2/3 not a 2+/3, just an AM3 expecting to upgrade to x6 later. it also supports 4x8GB DDR3, although I only have 2x4GB in it now)
        aiellenon
  • RE: AMD releases its fastest desktop processor ever, the six-core Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition

    Great, Windows will get infected even faster now.
    james347
    • RE: AMD releases its fastest desktop processor ever, the six-core Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition

      @james347 - This processor is supposed to be so fast that even Linux can get infected when you're using it!

      ;)
      jonny.burton
    • RE: AMD releases its fastest desktop processor ever, the six-core Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition

      @james347

      Well that is a dumb statement. Not that I would expect anything less based on some of your past commentary.
      bobiroc
    • RE: AMD releases its fastest desktop processor ever, the six-core Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition

      @james347

      Thanks for the red herring. If you wish to be that way, you better make sure Intel is incorporated into that with their super high-cost high performance CPUs.

      This thing WILL RUN other OSes besides Micro$oft products, thus your post IS the red herring I named it.
      DaemonSlayer
  • RE: AMD releases its fastest desktop processor ever, the six-core Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition

    @DeusXMachina err to date net-book sales are higher than ipads. i dont get the sales numbers you are talkin about so if anyone missing the facts its you and other tech bloggers who give credit to apple's device
    dresky - take out ya nerd sticks and lets nerd fap
    • RE: AMD releases its fastest desktop processor ever, the six-core Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition

      @dresky - take out ya nerd sticks and lets nerd fap:

      yes, that's true. but the ipad gained market shares at the expense of netbooks, since it seems that's where ipads have competition, so you have to at least count that. but i agree with you, because people seem to only have one room for such a device, it would be more appropriate to compare netbook sales with the higher tiered devices
      congalalalala
    • RE: AMD releases its fastest desktop processor ever, the six-core Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition

      @dresky - take out ya nerd sticks and lets nerd fap

      The "numbers to date" are irrelevant. The number since the release of the iPad are the only numbers with any merit. Nor is it even remotely relevant if netbook sales are higher than iPad's. Specifically, NOTHING in the numbers regarding sales of cheap notebooks reflects that they were involved in the falling sales of netbooks. The very contention is non-sensical, since cheap laptops have been available since before the release of netbooks. The sudden drop in sales of netbooks corresponds not to any development in full-size notebooks, but corresponds exactly to the introduction of the iPad. More to the point, customer survey data confirms this.
      DeusXMachina
      • RE: AMD releases its fastest desktop processor ever, the six-core Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition

        @DeusXMachina
        I always buy cheap notebooks, currently I have a Toshiba that was $499, Athlon x2 x64 5300 with 2GB of DDR2 and a 500GB HDD, it is 5 years old and a few weeks now. My last laptop before that was an HP I bought for somewhere between $375 and $600 that was an AMD Athlon x64 with 2GB of DDR ram (purchased with 1GB, I upgraded it later) and a 250GB HDD. NINE years ago (give or take 18 months, my memory is not great), and I just got rid of that last year. Both more than served their purpose and ran great their entire life (had to replace the battery for the HP after 3.5-4.5 years and the LCD inverter in the HP after 5.5 years and the battery in the Toshiba has about a 45 minute life now). Both had discrete graphics adapters in them with sideport ram.

        I have always wanted a $2000-$3500 laptop, but have been able to rationalize it. I played many games on both, EQ, Tribes 1/2, Diablo 1/2, Star Craft, Baldur's Gate, Neverwinter Nights, and other games on the HP and WoW, Civ4, CoD4, UT-4, Neverwinter Nights 2, and others on the Toshiba.

        When I got rid of the old HP it was dual booting with Vista running on it, no issues, no crashes, everything worked, except the sound (no longer supported, so never got an up to date driver). And Ubuntu ran on it without any issues (sound worked, wifi worked also).

        The Toshiba has Win7 on it now and is my wife's laptop. I am planning on getting an Android tablet and using RDP to connect to my VM's from anywhere using the 3G connection on the tablet and my sheeva plug (plugcomputer.org) as a pass-through from the internet to my internal network.
        aiellenon
  • RE: AMD releases its fastest desktop processor ever, the six-core Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition

    A couple of months back during my visit to the US I did buy an Asus netbook with Atom processor.

    Unfortunately at the time I couldn't find any AMD based device which would have been comfortable - size and weight wise - for my wife to carry. And believe me I did search !!!

    As for myself I have not bought an Intel CPU in last 15 years !
    pmshah@...
  • When will people wake up

    I once thought"Intel is all you could want in a PC" Then I awoke to the reality of AMD and the price vs performance. I now am happy and all the richer for it. Someday Intel will come down from the hill and the prices as well.
    stever95691
    • RE: AMD releases its fastest desktop processor ever, the six-core Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition

      @stever95691
      doubt it, someone has to innovate the high end, or there will be no mid and low end available
      aiellenon