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The AMD Phenom X4 9600 BE uses the same naming convention as AMD's earlier dual core models.

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Pros

Stock fan performs well with stock use, even with minor overclocking.

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Decent efficiency for its class--95 Watt TDP.

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Great performance for the price--can handle modern CPU-intensive tasks well.

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Great overclocker--instances of almost 3GHz with stock cooling.

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Cons

Windows 7 issue--not all cores are properly utilized, making it run at half capacity.

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Pretty much entirely out of date as compared to AMD's newer AM3 offerings.

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Stock fan is a little loud in mid-to-high load situations.

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Released a month after the 9500 and 9600, the AMD Phenom X4 9600 BE uses the same naming convention as AMD's earlier dual core models. The BE (Black Edition) suffex denotes only one crucial difference between the two models. With an unlocked CPU multiplier, AMD has allowed comuter enthusiasts greater control over what speeds their processors run at. By tweaking it, along with the Hyper Transport, front side bus, memory timings, and the voltages of each individual component, a skilled overclocker can obtain performances unrivaled by more expensive, technically superior components.

Features
  • Socket type: AM2+
  • HT Speed: 1800MHz
  • Core speed: 2.3GHz
  • L2 Cache: 512KB x 4
  • L3 Cache (shared): 2MB
  • Fab process: 65nm
  • TDP:95W
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