AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Pro Reviews
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"When it comes to value, the Phenom II X2 550 BE is a solid winner. At only $102, it offers performance comparable to the more expensive Intel E7400 and can easily be overclocked to offer more."
"There is a lot to like about the new Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition processor, and while this includes performance, power consumption, price, and flexibility, there is something else... overclocking performance! Although we had very little time to play with the Phenom II X2 550 before getting this review online, we were able to reach a completely stable overclock of 3.90GHz by simply tweaking the clock multiplier and core voltage.
The 25% frequency boost came all too easy, and with the aid of an upgraded air-cooler (Thermolab Baram) the temperatures were incredibly low. Therefore, we believe by throwing more voltage at the processor, it should be able to crack the 4.0GHz barrier. Overall we really like the new Phenom II X2 550 processor, as it is an excellent alternative to the Intel Core 2 Duo series, and with a recommended retail price of just $100, it’s a bargain."
"In conclusion, I cannot say anything but that making a dual-core Phenom II by disabling half the cores yielded an awesome budget and enthusiast processor. As for overclocking, I was amazed to see how it stayed cool. I achieved 3857MHz out of it, and that is only with a voltage of 1.425V. For the extreme overclockers, this processor is definitely one to try under dry ice or liquid nitrogen!"
"By bringing the technology in its flagship processor line down to the $100 price point, AMD has made a very compelling argument for those debating putting a socket AM3 Phenom II X2 processor into their PC system. It's an easy way to turn an aging AM2+ Athlon system into a high-performance gaming machine, and it can easily transition to a new socket AM3 motherboard and then overclocked for even greater performance. AMD's Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition can't compete directly with Intel's fastest Core 2 Duo processors, but its overall value more than makes up for it."