- Brand Name: AMD
- Model Number: HDZ940XCGIBOX
- Processor Count: 4
- Computer CPU Speed: 3 GHz
- Computer CPU Manufacturer: AMD
AMD HDZ940XCGIBOX Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition 3.0GHz Cache 8MB AM2+ 125W Processor - Retail
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- Phenom II - Quad Core
- 8MB Cache Memory
- 3.0GHz Clock Speed
- Socket AM2+
- TDP - 125W
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The Phenom II was easy to overclock and squeeze another 15% performance out of also.
Lastly, because I already had an AM2+ socket motherboard I didn't have to go out and buy either a new motherboard OR new DDR3 memory which would have been the case in going with Intel.
My primary reasoning is that its doubtful I'll regularly utilize even 75-80% of the Quad processing power of this CPU so it is enough for me and overall a great value.
-Benchmarks aren't a true indicator of any performance gain in "real use". Therefore, the Intel Core i7 will cost you generally about $150-200 more to build but only have similar real world performance. I drove myself nuts for several days trying to compare everything based on benchmarks only to find that most benchmark reviews will also tell you they don't necessarily indicate a true performance comparison between processors.
-This processor hits the sweet spot of the cost/performance equation. You could go up to the AMD 955, however you'll need to get an AM3 socket motherboard, most of which require the DDR3 ram. Again, you'll spend about $50-100 more doing this, but get only a minor performance increase. Stepping down to the lower AMD processors will save you a bit of money, but you will take a small performance hit. Therefore, this processor sits right in the middle and is a perfect fit for most uses.
-This retail version comes with a nice heatsink with the thermal compound already applied. This is great for novice system builders, or upgraders who don't have the confidence (or money) to spend on all these extras.
-This is an AM2+ socket motherboard compatible. Therefore, you could decide to spend a bit more on your motherboard and get one that's AM3/AM2+ compatible and you'll be somewhat future proof for a couple years. Many motherboards also offer easy "overclocking" features. While overclocking could void your warranty or cause the processor to fail early if done improperly, the "black edition" means that AMD opens up the overclocking settings to be used by your motherboard.Read more ›
Phenom II 940 BE
Gigabyte GA-MA770-DS3 rev 1
4GB of Kingston HyperX 800mhz @ 18.104.22.168 (Will be upgrading to Corsair Dominator PC8500 soon)
HIS Radeon HD4870 Turbo
Sound Blaster Audigy
Unlike the 65 nm Phenoms this 45 nm Phenom II processor overclocks really well (it is a black edition CPU so you probably purchased that style for the overclocking ability). There are many ways to juice up this unlocked black edition CPU. It is relatively easy to jump it up to 3.5 or 3.6 Ghz.
Without overclocking it is still a fast CPU that is a great value for the money. The 940 is special because, unlike most Phenom IIs, it rests in an AM2+ motherboard and uses DDR2 memory. As such, it is an easy upgrade from many Athlons and Phenoms that use the same motherboards.
This CPU runs really hot with the factory heat sink. I would not try to run it that way -- even if you don't overclock it. I measured it at 60 degrees under load with no overclocking and AMD recommends keeping this puppy below 61. So, my advice here is buy a nice aftermarket CPU heat sink.
If you want to overclock it, and you are looking for a motherboard too, you may want to make sure you get a black edition motherboard to take advantage of the unlocked CPU.
I also found that strapping the stocked heatsink/fan module to the mobo was a bit difficult compared to that on the Intel. I installed Ubuntu amd64 and it's very fast. Love it.
I received it immediately from Amazon and installed it that night. I had an immediate performance boost, noticable in all my remedial day-to-day tasks. Outside of freelance video editing, I primarily use the computer as a media station to record (via the HD Homerun), my HD shows and stream them to two 360's in the home. It's not that it was ever slow previously, but wow! Everything is immediate now, no delay at all. ::Note:: I did have a networking issue on Bios version F7, updated to F10 and it's gone. ::/Note::
Highly recommended! I also installed an ATI 9770, but made sure to run around in the system before installing it. They're both in there now and I'm getting a 7.3 rating in Windows 7 on the CPU/Memory and 6.4 on Graphics. Also, I'm using a 520W PSU and it is handling the load just fine.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Probably the last chance to upgrade an AM2 socket motherboard with a strong quad core CPU. Product arrived from Eagle Eye Electronics earlier than expected. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ken Cox
This CPU has been in my computer for several months and has worked flausleslyPublished 16 months ago by J. Revennaugh
I love this CPU.
I have had it for about 5 years now and it is still working as if new.
I mainly use it now for entertainment in my bedroom on my 55' flat screen. Read more
Works like a charm, no issues, just installed and powered up machine, no changes needed in BIOS or anything else.Published on October 4, 2013 by T. Roberts