Dec 7 2010 - AMD has made a mark for itself in the hex-core processor sector with the 1090T, and the latest six-core Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition processor offers even better performance at an affordable price. At just $265, the AMD 1100T Black Edition features an unlocked multiplier for easy overclocking, as well as support for AM3 and AM2+ sockets. Although games cannot utilize all six cores, the AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition processor is a worthwhile buy if you use your desktop for both gaming and everyday use.
- Excellent Performance for Multi-Threaded Applications
- Games Don't Utilize Six Cores
- Processors with Less Cores are Faster for Single-Threaded Applications
- AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition Six-Core
- 3.3GHz (Base) and 3.7GHz (Turbo)
- 200MHz Front Side Bus
- 2000MHz HyperTransport Link
- 45nm Socket AM3 938-Pin
- 6MB (Shared) L3 Cache
- 9MB Total Cache (L2+L3)
- 125 Watts
Review - AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition Desktop Processor
AMD has really capitalized on the multi-threaded market with its hex-core Phenom II 1090T processor. Now, the chip maker has released an updated 1100T Black Edition six-core processor that comes with an affordable $265 price tag. This new release also has a ripple effect throughout AMD's product line, causing the 1090T to be priced more aggressively at $235, which benefits those in the market for a new processor.
But can the AMD hex-core chip really rival an Intel chip? Obviously the AMD chip is in a different class than the Intel Core i7-970 six-core model, which is close to $900 at many retailers. AMD definitely wins on price and is cheaper than an Intel Core i7. But seeing as games are typically not multi-threaded applications, does this chip work in a gaming rig? The answer is yes. And if you use your system for more than just gaming, the AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition is an even better fit. Since the Black Edition features an unlocked multiplier, it's great for overclocking. The 1100T is also compatible with AM3 and AM2+ sockets, as well as the upcoming AM3+ socket. There are a variety of excellent boards out there that support the 1100T in a variety of price ranges. For this review, the AMD 1100T Black Edition was paired with an MSI 890FXA-GD70 (MS-7640) motherboard. The Asus Crosshair IV Formula is also a great option.
Stock speed on the 45nm AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition is 3.3GHz for all six cores. If three or more cores are idle, the 1100T can boost three cores up to 3.7GHz via TurboCORE technology. During testing, the AMD Phenom II X6 was stable up to 4.0GHz. Advanced overclockers may obtain faster speeds with a better heatsink.
Overall, the AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition is an exceptional processor for the price if you can take advantage of multi-threaded applications. The 1100T is tailored for this environment, so if you are solely gaming there are faster alternatives, such as the quad-core AMD Phenom II X4 970, which runs at 3.5GHz. The 1100T, though is fun for overclockers, and offers decent speeds. As more programs utilize multiple cores, the AMD X6 1100T will excel even further.