Legit Processor Reviews
AMD Phenom II X4 940 Processor Review
|Product:||AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition|
|Date:||Thu, Jan 08, 2009 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Chris Morrell -|
For reviews, AMD has indicated only three boards that feature full compatibility with Phenom II. The Gigabyte MA790GP DS4H, MSI DKA790GX Platinum, and Asus M3A78-T have all been given the thumbs up by AMD for full support with Phenom II. I personally was shipped a MA790GP DS4H from Gigabyte which booted with the Phenom II X4 940 albeit as an "unknown AMD x86 Processor". A quick flash to the F3M BIOS and I was booting Windows Vista without any issues.
It is sort of unknown right now which boards in the future will support Phenom II, but in theory all AM2 and AM2+ boards should work so long as the manufacturers update the BIOS accordingly. Keep in mind though that there may be limited overclocking support especially on less popular boards and older SB600 boards. If you are looking for an AM2+ board that will let you fully utilize your chip, one of the boards above would be a good choice or personally contact your manufacturer of choice to see what their official support will consist of.
Earlier, I mentioned socket AM3 and future CPUs. Socket AM3 processors will feature a hybrid memory controller that will work with DDR2 in AM2 and AM2+ boards and a DDR3 memory controller that will work in AM3 boards. The initial Phenom II X4 920 and 940 though will only support socket AM2+ and DDR2, so keep this in mind. Rumor has it that AM3 processors will launch in February, so if you are looking for the most flexible processor it may be worth your time to wait.
Next Page - The Test System
Page 1 - Phenom, Round Two
Page 2 - Same Architecture, New Process
Page 3 - Compatible Boards
Page 4 - The Test System
Page 5 - Cinebench and POV-Ray
Page 6 - wPrime and SuperPi
Page 7 - 3DMark Vantage and 2006
Page 8 - WinRar and Sandra 2009
Page 9 - Call of Duty 4 and Farcry 2
Page 10 - Crysis and Crysis Warhead
Page 11 - Assassin's Creed and Fallout 3
Page 12 - Company of Heroes and Supreme Commander
Page 13 - Preliminary Overclocking
Page 14 - Power Consumption and Voltage Scaling
Page 15 - Wrap Up and Conclusion