PCWizKid has reviewed earlier the Phenom II X3 720 BE, today we review the Phenom II X4 810 (HDX810WFK4FGI). Unlike other unlocked black editions the X4 810 has its multiplier locked at a max of 13, however this does not mean you cant overclock it, there are options and PCWizkid will take them and overclock this CPU for maximum performance.
Not too long ago we reviewed the Phenom X4 9950 aswell and overclocked it to 3Ghz. PCWizKid will do the same in taking the default 2.6Ghz and boosting it to over 3Ghz while keeping temperatures and core voltage increases to a minimum.
PCWizKid's Test system uses the AMD Phenom II processors, AMD 790GX based motherboards, and the well known ATI HD Radeon 4800 series graphics cards. This combination is referred to as the "Dragon" platform. DRAGON TEST SYSTEM SPECS
On socket AM2+/AM3 platforms in the minimum performance state the processor runs at 800 MHz / 0.875 - 1.15 Volt core voltage, and has TDP 47.6 Watt
On socket AM2 platforms in the minimum performance state the processor runs at 800 MHz / 1.15 Volt core voltage, and has TDP 72.3 Watt
The Phenom II X4 810 has made a difference with 4MB L3 cache. You can tell also by the results demonstrated in the video review that the 45nm chip has better power efficiency than its older cousin the Phenom 9950 which makes it an attractive choice to other Intel 45nm quad cores as well. For the price point again AMD has proven it is capable to deliver performance. With a little overclocking, we see that there are increases from 10% to 20% from the Phenom II X3 720 also. I must admit overclocking of a locked CPU is not as fun as the Black Editions reviewed by PCWizkid, but none the less it was doable and satisfactory with a stable 3.1Ghz thats a 20% increase at little cost. The Phenom II X4 810 has demonstrated a solid performance at all levels competing to the Intel Q9400 and Q9300 quad-core CPUs for less.