AMD Phenom II X3 710 Review :: AMD Phenom II X3 710 Features

04-07-2009 · Category: Hardware - Processors

By Ben Sun

Being an AM3 CPU this processor should work on both AM3 motherboards and AM2+ motherboards. The 720 worked out of the box without issue on a M4A79 Deluxe motherboard from ASUS which is a board based upon the 790FX Northbridge and SB750 Southbridge. The box for the motherboard is labeled as supporting AM3 CPUs.

The first AM3 motherboard that we have received to review is an ASRock M3A790GXH/128M. The 720 CPU also worked right out of the box on this motherboard. This is the first motherboard I've tested with DDR3 support on the AMD platform. It should be an interesting comparison comparing a motherboard with DDR2 memory and the triple core and a combination with DDR3 memory and triple core.

AMD's default cooling on the 710 is rather reminiscent of the cooling found on the old Socket A AMD CPUs. There is a heatsink with a 60mm fan on top of it. Once the CPU is inserted into the AM3 socket, you place the cooler above it and lower the hook on one side. Using the lever you hook the other side. Once the fan power is connected the CPU is installed.