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Our test platform consists of a Phenom II 940 Black Edition and a Gigabyte
The Phenom II 940 Black Edition is clocked at 3.0GHz and is factory unlocked.
As this first iteration of Phenom II does not require a socket change,
the CPU looks identical to other AM2 processors.
The test motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-MA790GP-DS4H, a high-end board utilizing
the AMD 790GX chipset.
The board has more or less the same feature-set as an X58 i7 board. It
lacks eSATA but has HD 3300 integrated graphics with 128MB of sideport
memory. As it uses an AMD chipset, only CrossFire is supported
no SLI. DDR2 memory is used instead of DDR3 Phenom II won't get
DDR3 support until the AM3 socket debuts later this quarter.
Our test platform consists of mostly the same hardware used to evalute
the Core i7 920: A GeForce GTX 260 graphics card, Intel solid-state drive,
and an Asus Blu-ray drive. The only changes are the heatsink and power
supply. More on that later.
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