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AMD Phenom II X6 1055T review

Six cores for the price of four? Sounds too good to be true

Our Verdict

Not the best gaming chip for the money, but still our favourite all rounder.

Product features

  • Processor Core : Hexa-core (6 Core)

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For

  • So many cores for so little cash
  • Fantastic multi-threading performance

Against

  • Not that great for gaming
  • AMD's architecture is showing its age

Remember when AMD launched its first quad-core processor in 2007? We can, because back then it seemed like AMD was months from keeling over stone dead. Today, the company is in much finer fettle. For proof, look no further than the new AMD Phenom II X6 1055T.

Somehow, AMD has managed to produce a six-core PC processor and sell it for just over £10 more than its best quad-core chip, the Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition. It's actually cheaper than several Intel quads. Inspect the detail specifications and the Phenom II X6 1055T only gets more impressive.

The transistor count has grown from 758 million transistors to 904 million. And yet the smaller quad-core 965 is rated at 140 Watts while this new six-core 1055T is a 125 Watt chip. Of course, at 2.8GHz, the 1055T is clocked quite a bit lower than the 3.4GHz 965 BE. But AMD has clearly done something right.

Tech Specs

Product TypeProcessor
Processor CoreHexa-core (6 Core)
Thermal Design Power125 W
Processor ManufacturerAMD
Product FamilyPhenom II X6
L3 Cache6 MB
Clock Speed2.80 GHz
Processor SocketSocket AM3 PGA-941
Brand NameAMD
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, ENERGY STAR
64-bit ProcessingYes
L2 Cache3 MB
ManufacturerAdvanced Micro Devices, Inc
Product Model1055T
Product NamePhenom II X6 Hexa-core 1055T 2.8GHz Processor
Product LinePhenom II X6
Manufacturer Part NumberHDT55TFBGRBOX
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.amd.com
Marketing Information

Live your life in HD. AMD Phenom II is for high definition entertainment, gaming, creativity, and beyond. With AMD Phenom II processors as the foundation, you'll enjoy a new level of responsiveness and visual intensity. AMD puts high definition computing within everyone's reach. Make a choice you can feel good about. AMD Phenom II processors were designed with energy efficiency in mind. Capitalizing on AMD's leadership in energy efficiency, they incorporate all of the latest technology that gives you performance when you need it and save power when you don't.

Packaged Quantity1
Process Technology45 nm
Package Contents
  • Phenom II X6 Hexa-core 1055T 2.8GHz Processor
  • Installation Manual
  • Certificate of Authenticity
  • AMD Processor Case Sticker
  • Heatsink/fan with Thermal Interface
Limited Warranty3 Year