AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Processor, Black Edition (HDT90ZFBGRBOX)
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- Multi-Core: Six-core
- Operating Frequency: 3.2GHz/3.6GHz Turbo Core
- Socket: AM3
- L3 Cache: 6MB
- Power: 125W
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- Brand Name: AMD
- Model Number: HDT90ZFBGRBOX
- Processor Count: 6
- Computer CPU Speed: 3.2 GHz
- Computer CPU Manufacturer: AMD
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition, 125W, AM3, 9MB Cache, 3200MHz
From the Manufacturer
As AMD's premier processor, the Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition sets a new bar for PC performance. With six cores and a blazing 3.2 GHz clock speed, the processor is designed to handle all of the latest and most demanding software. It also features an unlocked multiplier that gives you the option of overclocking the chip for faster performance. Compatible with motherboards with an AM2+ or AM3 socket, the 1090T is an ideal processor for enthusiasts who value flexibility and performance.
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Six-Core Processor
Six Powerful Processing Cores
With the Phenom II X6 series, AMD has made the power of six-core processing available to budget-conscious consumers. Engineers have combined six cores into a single processor, giving you enough processing muscle for even the most highly threaded applications. Each core is equipped with 512K L2 cache, and all six cores share 6MB L3 smart cache between them. AMD has also included an ultra-wide, 4000MT/s bandwidth--enough to support all six cores effectively.
For users, this means that you'll be able to run all the latest software without the slowdown you'd experience with an inferior processor. Your computer will be able to handle multiple programs at once, and high-definition media players and video editors will run smoothly and efficiently. You'll also be able to enjoy next-gen games without any frame-rate hiccups.
Unlocked Multiplier for Powerful Overclocking
If you're an enthusiast looking to push the limits of PC performance, the Phenom II X6-1090T makes it easier than ever to overclock your system. The unlocked multiplier allows you to manually increase the chip's frequency far beyond its stock values. You can achieve the best results by combining your processor with a reliable motherboard, high-performance SDRAM, and an effective cooling system. With the right combination, you'll be able to overclock your chip to unprecedented speeds.
Turbo Core Optimizes Performance
The Phenom II X6 series also comes equipped with Turbo Core technology, which actively optimizes the chip's performance to match your workload. If three or fewer cores are in use, the processor will redirect voltage to the active cores and overclock them by up to 500 MHz. With Turbo Core activated, you'll be able to blaze through all applications--even ones that don't make use of multiple cores.
Cutting-Edge Technologies for Faster Processing
The Phenom II X6 also makes use of several other performance-boosting technologies, including:
- HyperTransport Bandwidth: Speeds up communication between the processor and memory, improving overall system performance.
- Integrated Memory Controller: Actively scales bandwidth uses to match your computing needs, dramatically reducing slowdown.
- 128-bit Floating-Point Unit (FPU): Allows processor to execute floating-point calculations with extreme speed.
Gaming without Slowdown
PC gaming continues to improve at a breakneck rate, with graphics, physics, and AI growing more realistic each year. But you'll need more than just a good graphics card to keep up with the latest games. For certain games that are heavily threaded, a slow CPU can quickly become a bottleneck for performance and can ruin your gaming experience.
Fortunately, the Phenom II X6 series has been specifically designed to handle CPU-intensive games. With its multiple cores, the processor can manage thousands of high-speed gaming calculations at once. The result is a smooth, immersive gaming experience, free of any stuttering or latency.
The Ultimate in Energy Efficiency and Cooling
AMD products are known for their stellar energy efficiency and the Phenom II X 6 1090T is no exception. The processor features AMD's proprietary PowerNow and CoolCare technology, which allow the processor to smartly regulate its own energy consumption. Having an energy-efficient computer doesn't just help keep costs down; it also generates less heat and helps your computer to run more quietly. It will even prolong your processor's life cycle, so you can enjoy it for years without having to worry about degradation.
The AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Six-Core Processor is backed by a three-year warranty.
What's in the Box
Phenom II X6 1090T Six-Core Processor and user manual
|Phenom Processor Family|
|Processor Frequency||Number of Processing Cores||L3 Cache Size||TDP||Unlocked Multiplier||Turbo Core Technology||Socket|
|AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition||3.2 GHz||6||6MB||125 W||Yes||Yes||AM3|
|AMD Phenom II X6 1055T||2.8 Ghz||6||6MB||125 W||No||Yes||AM3|
|AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition||3.4 GHz||4||6MB||125 W||Yes||No||AM3|
|AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition||3.2 GHz||4||6MB||125 W||Yes||No||AM3|
|AMD Phenom II X4 955||3.2 GHz||4||6MB||125 W||No||No||AM3|
|AMD Phenom II X4 945||3.0 GHz||4||6MB||95 W||No||No||AM3|
Top Customer Reviews
AMD X6 Black Edition (3.2GHz)
Asus CrossHair IV Motherboard
16Gb of DDR3 1066 Ram
Corsair H50 CPU Cooler
Coolermaster HAF Full Tower
Asus 5870 1GB v2 Video Card
Step 1: Use TurboEvo software (included with Asus Crosshair)to auto overclock the CPU & Ram automatically in Windows 7. This is a good observational tool to find out which factors should be changed (Ratio/Multiplier, Bus, Voltage) and there respective limits. I used this tool with settings Extreme Overclock and Flexible Voltage Settings and got a 3.9GHz Result.
Step 2: Restart and Mod in Bios. The trick to overclocking is deciding whether to focus on increasing the bus or multiplier when reaching for that higher clock. This is answered in Step 1. The ram speed is the determining factor in this answer. My ram speed was 1333, and with my 4 sticks of 4gb (16 total) sucking up far more voltage than a single stick, increasing the cpu's bus speed would mean a higher memory speed requirement that my ram couldn't handle without a voltage increase.
So I left the cpu's bus at the default 200 setting and increased the multiplier, hoping to get a final clock speed of 4.3 or 4.4. After reading others overclocking experiences I decided not to set the voltage beyond 1.49. I also set my CPU/NB voltage at a 1.25. After numerous crashes and restarts, I ended up with a super stable clock of 4.1GHz that survived all of the highest settings of Heaven Benchmarks, 3DMark06 and 3DMark Vantage, Crysis (Directx 10), Alien vs Predator Benchmark (Directx 11), and the dreaded Furmark test (with my 5870 that I overclocked to a stable 961 core/1290 memory).
Step 3: Run Turbo Evo again. This program will push your overclock even higher, more stably than you ever could using your new settings as a starting point. Starting at my 4.1, Turbo Evo overclocked three more times in Windows, finally crashing above 4.2. It saved my final stable settings upon restart, and my cpu was automatically set to 4.175GHz. Point is the motherboard and memory speed do make a difference, not just cooling. Though my Cosair H50 handles this overclock at 40 degrees idle/50 load with ease. If your memory is faster, than you may get a slightly better result. In a few days, I may decide to try to set the voltage at 1.5 or 1.51 and see if temps are still good and see if I can reach that 4.2 or 4.3 using Turbo Evo only. My manual overclock is done.
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Update: Here are the necessary voltages for this processor. For each voltage, set it -.02 below the voltage that's given, as the voltage given is what it will be under a load.
3792MHz=1.35v (set voltage to 1.33) ; 4000MHz=1.42v (set to 1.39) ; 4100Mhz=1.44 (set to 1.41) ; 4200MHz=1.46 (set to 1.44).
*Cooling update* I upgraded from a H50 to H70, set it up with 2 included 2200 rpm fans @ 100% speed in push/pull exhaust configuration. Under a full load, my temps were 38 degrees idle/41 degrees during an hour long playtime of Metro 2033 at max settings/ 46 degrees max during an hour and 30 minute long movie encoding using Cyberlink's Power Director. Power Director is optimized to push all six cores in order to encode faster, and would easily crash the system if there's not enough voltage or crash if the program generates to much heat. None of the test went above 46 degrees at the 4GHz/1.39v settings. Remember that the highest temps that you would want the processor to reach on a 24 basis under a load is 55 degrees. It can go over by 1 or 2 degrees every now and then, but if you are reaching the breaking point of 62 degrees everytime the computer is under a load, then you have to lower the voltage and use a lower overclock.
Why haven't I run the normal stress test to push the system? Because I don't run prime95 or sisandra in my everyday computer usage. Power Director would effectively crash my previous overclocks when all of the other benchmarks had passed, so it became my new standard to strive for highest overclocks at lowest voltages/temps. I pass all of my hard work on to you.
Video editing is also more fun then ever before. With other games like Battlefield BC2, the CPU ist just bored.
I ran some "burn-in" tests with the software Heavyload and checked temperatures with HWMonitor. I expected it to be a little high because of the low-profile Scythe Zipang cooler I use. But with 81°F with just internet browsing and 140°F after 2hrs full load (CPU 100% for two hours) No overclocking in my case... I am absolutely happy!
The performance/price ratio is just unbeatable!
My PC is 8 months old now and the 1090T *was* bleeding-edge at the time (the 1100T was still hard to find back then, and the performance gain negligible anyway). It is still certainly more powerful than 95% of all PCs in use out there - and that is being conservative. Yes, if you are a gamer you will probably get better performance *for current titles* with an X4 970 quad-core, or an Intel Core i5 or i7. But I'm not a gamer, and I wanted a general-purpose PC that could serve my needs without worries for years to come, as hardware can be very expensive where I live and I can't afford to make frequent major upgrades just for sport. I've got exactly what I wanted, and I'm very happy.
Don't pay much heed to those who say that you only get real performance gains on a hexa-core if you use optimized multithreading apps, which are still few. This is true (so far), but first, if you think in the long term and want a system that lasts, like me, such titles tend to become more numerous with time (they are already, and this includes games), especially as both Intel and AMD are announcing new 8-, 10- and 12-core processors. Ironically, Bulldozer will make Thubans more attractive because of that, as the software industry will certainly not be indifferent to that trend.
Second, this line of reasoning forgets multitasking, which is another great strength of multicore processors. If you are a more generic user who opens dozens of apps and browser tabs at the same time, an X6 is for you. And if you use virtual machines, you'll love it: what about dedicating 2 or 3 cores to a VM and still getting very good performance outside of it with a tri- or quad-core processor for the rest?
I almost bought the 1055T or the 1075T, because they would be already enough for my needs, but since I wanted a future-proof system, the Black Edition's overclocking possibilities made the deal. There are tests that very nearly equate the performance of an overclocked 1090T to the ultra-fast but outrageously expensive Intel Core i7 980X (at stock, but still...). Well, great to know that. But so far I have felt no need at all to overclock it. At stock speeds, it's lightning fast for everything I tried to do with it. I can't remember the last time anything was slow here - because when this last happened, it was with my old PC. NOTHING is ever slow here, even if I have 30 windows and 20 browser tabs open while I use Photoshop, WinRAR creates a very large archive on a TrueCrypt drive, a virus scan is performed and a video is encoded at the same time - the CPU still yawns at 30% use... (Of course, lots of RAM help, too: I have 8 GB, with Windows 7 x64.) I tried hard to make my 1090T let me down and be slow. I never succeeded. (H.264 two-pass encoding does make the CPU usage go through the roof on the second pass, but it's over so quickly that you'll hardly be bothered with that.)
So the benchmarks say Intel this or that is faster? (Or even Bulldozers, for that matter?) So what? Do you really need anything faster than *this*? Is it worth to pay the extra bucks? I bet the answer is "no" to both questions. You simply won't see any noticeable improvement. (Also consider that AMD's chipsets are usually vastly superior to Intel's - that's where AMD compensates for the processor performance gap. A more advanced chipset doesn't make the processor any faster, but it allows motherboards for AMD to usually be one step ahead and more feature-rich than Intel's. For example, USB 3.0 and 6-Mbps SATA were available for AMD long before they were for Intel.)
At stock, X6 processors have FABULOUS thermal efficiency. 125W TDP, the spec sheet says? I doubt I've reached half that consumption on more than a handful of occasions. Even in summer (December/January here in the Southern Hemisphere), normal temperatures were still in the 27-30ºC (80-86ºF) range, and when heavily taxing the processor with video encoding I saw it reach 43ºC (109ºF). True that I'm not using the stock cooler but an Akasa Nero 2 (another great bang-for-the-buck deal: cheap, efficiency comparable to much costlier products, and extremely quiet), but the numbers are still impressive. Of course, if you intend to overclock it, you CAN'T keep the stock cooler, because then power consumption and heat grow exponentially - that's a feature of the AMD K10 architecture. Since so far I've felt no need to overclock it, I'd rather stay with the low power and heat of the stock configuration, at least for the foreseeable future.
The 1090T and the 1100T are still great deals, even with Bulldozer looming on the horizon (in many cases, even better *because* of that, with the falling prices), and they are highly recommended if you want a generic system to last for a long time, with good overclocking possibilities. But for most users, the 1055T and the 1075T will probably have even better cost/benefit ratios. Considering the large headroom and idleness I'm seeing with the 1090T nearly all the time, I doubt that the 1055T or the 1075T would perform any noticeably slower for most tasks. And it's not impossible to overclock them either, with excellent results - it's just a bit harder and more technical to do it with the locked multipliers. So, consider them, too, especially as they tend to become dirt-cheap very soon and will offer unrivalled performance for their price.
And if you are still in doubt, pair it with an AM3+ motherboard (they are backward compatible with socket AM3 processors, like all Phenom IIs), or with an AM3 motherboard that can be flashed to support AM3+ processors (Asus and MSI, among others, have such models). This way, if you later decide you want or need a Bulldozer, you can just pop the 1090T out and put the new processor on. But I doubt you'll need that any soon.
Bottom line: it will be hard for you to be disappointed with *any* Phenom II X6 processor. Go for any one of them and you'll love how much so few bucks have bought you.
I would not recommend purchasing this part new in 2016, but if you can find a part used, it will perform nearly as well as the FX-6300. Single-threaded performance and power consumption are slightly lower on the 1090T as opposed to the newer FX part, but overall performance hasn't changed much since then.