Throughout today’s testing the AMD Phenom II X6 1055T has surprised me. Not only was it surprisingly close to the Intel Core I7 930 throughout the benchmark, it was able to take the lead in several of them. I would have like to see how this processor would do against the AMD Phenom II X4 965 since the price difference is slight enough to justify purchasing an AMD Phenom II X6 1055T if you are in the market for a faster processor or are building a new machine.
Some would argue that a six core processor is a waste as few applications will take advantage of all of the cores. Perhaps they are right, but keep in mind the AMD Turbo CORE technology. If the application uses three of fewer cores Turbo CORE technology kicks in and automatically boosts the clock speed of the AMD Phenom II X6 1055T to 3.3GHz. This is accomplished without any effort on your part.
It is also worth noting that AMD has always been a leader in price to performance ratios. Currently you are able to find the AMD Phenom II X6 1055T for as little as $197.99 while the direct competition from Intel, the Intel Core I7 930 that we used today can be found for $284.99. That is a savings of $87.00 that can be used towards the next level of graphics card. AMD based motherboards also tend to be readily available at much lower price points than Intel based boards. If you are looking for a great performing AMD chipset based board and aren’t in need of CrossfireX, a board like the GIGABYTE GIGABYTE 880GMA-UD2H, (which is a great little board), can be found for $99.99 with free shipping. The lowest cost Intel X58 board is a JetWay which is $129.99, while the next board is the ASRock X58 Extreme which retails for $164.99 and they continue going up from there.
Legit Bottom Line: If you are looking to build a new system or upgrade an existing system, the AMD Phenom II X6 1055T processor should be a serious contender on your short list! It offers top of the charts performance, and can be purchased for under 200 bucks!