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AMD Phenom II X6 1075T review

Is this the six-core CPU the world has been waiting for?

Our Verdict

AMD's latest Thuban slots neatly into the Phenom II X6 range. A super chip for threading on the cheap.

Product features

  • Processor Core : Hexa-core (6 Core)

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For

  • Excellent multi-threaded thump
  • Overclocks well

Against

  • Short of spectacular for gaming
  • Ageing architecture

AMD's six-core Thuban processor has been a TechRadar favourite since launch back in April. But with just two Phenom II X6 models on offer, it wasn't exactly the widest range of chips.

Enter, therefore, the new AMD Phenom II X6 1075T. At 3.0GHz, it slots in neatly between the 2.8GHz Phenom II X6 1055T and the flagship 3.2GHz Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition. Price wise, it's very much a tweener, too. However, because it's not a Black Edition chip, it lacks an unlocked multiplier, making it less friendly for overclocking than the 1090T Black Edition.

Therein lies the challenge for the new Phenom II X6 1075T. The faster, unlocked Black Edition chip is yours for just £17 extra at the time of writing. As for the Intel alternative, the choice is between the cheaper Core i5-760 with its unassailable gaming grunt and the pricier but all-round quicker Core i7-860.

Tech Specs

Product TypeProcessor
Processor CoreHexa-core (6 Core)
Thermal Design Power125 W
Processor ManufacturerAMD
Product FamilyPhenom II X6
L3 Cache6 MB
Clock Speed3 GHz
Processor SocketSocket AM3 PGA-941
Brand NameAMD
64-bit ProcessingYes
L2 Cache3 MB
ManufacturerAdvanced Micro Devices, Inc
Product Model1075T
Product NamePhenom II X6 Hexa-core 1075T 3GHz Desktop Processor
Product LinePhenom II X6
Manufacturer Part NumberHDT75TFBGRBOX
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.amd.com
Marketing Information

Unbeatable multi-core value with AMD Phenom II processors. They deliver The Ultimate Visual Experience for high definition entertainment, advanced multitasking performance, and power-saving innovations for smaller, cooler machines that are energy efficient.

Process Technology45 nm