AMD Phenom 9700 review

The world's first 'native' quad-core PC processor

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TechRadar's verdict

"Combination of poor clockspeeds and conservative architecture adds up to mediocre performance"
For
  • <p>'Native' quad-core design delivers excellent scaling</p><p>Underlying Spider platform packs a lot of promise</p><p>An extremely simple quad-core upgrade for existing AM2 motherboard users</p>
Against
  • <p>Launch frequencies not high enough to compete with Intel</p><p>Execution core architecture becoming rather dated</p>
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