I bought this AMD Phenom II X4 960T Processor, Black Edition, 3.0 4 Socket AM3 – HD96ZTWFGRBOXto replace an AMD Athlon X4 640,which was overclocking at 3.3 with this AMD II X4 960 I have it overclocking to 4.2ghz and so far it’s a “Flash Gordon” for those of you that don’t know Flash Gordon, it means; SUPER, DUPER, FAST. When I first installed it in my ASUS mobo, after turning on all 6 cores it was working and it was very stable, CPUZ was showing 6 threads and 6 cores, windows showed 6 cores, I was blown away.
It wasn’t getting hot but I’d rather have it cooler and I didn’t like the stock cooler that came with the processor, it’s aluminium-only. So I used a Thermaltake SpinQ VT, and it’s working nicely. CPU usage was only at 25%, it’s really nice to have all this power. This is the best CPU for the price, at this price you can’t ask for better performance from a core processor.
Not only is this amd processor lightning fast but it’s a great deal for your money! I had no problems whatsoever building my system with it. Overall this CPU is great for everyday computing or heavy gaming. even though this amd Phenom II processor is cheaper than the Phantom 955, it works just as good, so don’t be fooled by the lower price. It’s nice to have all the head room.
Overall I recommend the AMD Phenom II X4 960T Processor Black Edition, this will be a great purchase once you get it, you won’t regret it. This review is an exception from all my other reviews because I’ve already stated all the pros and the only con I can outline, is the disappointing cooler that comes with the amd processor, however this is not a major issue to fix. All you have to do is get you a better cooler, I would recommend the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1 for less than $30 bucks, it’s not an expensive fix. I really don’t know what are you waiting for. I give it thumbs up.
Potential board compatibility issues, I’ve heard that some people found their board unable to run the 960T without a BIOS update. But that’s a matter of user error, people that don’t do proper research before buying this processor. Just because a board supports the hex-core Thubans doesn’t necessarily mean it will support the 960T. You can always update your BIOS before building with a 960T. I didn’t have any problems myself.