AMD and Intel are fighting for control of the computing dollar from consumers and businesses and have been for years. In the PC space, Intel rules the roost in terms of pure performance with their Core i7 CPUs being faster than the equivalent AMD CPUs in virtually every sense. AMD, however, is not trying to compete directly with the Core i7 CPUs but with the lower priced Core 2 Quad and Core 2 Duo CPUs and they have been succeeding with CPUs that are faster for the same price as equivalent Intel CPUs.
AMD launched their AM3 CPUs earlier this year with processors ranging in speed and performance from the Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition being reviewed here to the Athlon II X2 CPU that marks the low-end of the spectrum. The nice thing about the AM3 is that it is backwards compatible with Socket AM2+ motherboards, just losing DDR3 support when migrating to the new CPU Socket on an older motherboard. Today’s review is on the fastest of the AM3 CPUs, the AMD Phenom II X 4 955 Black Editions.