AMD Phenom II X2 560 Black Edition review

More dual-core loving for AMD's gaming chip

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Product features

  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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  • Not a bad overclocker
  • Decent budget gamer


  • No real improvement over the 550BE
  • Yet more expensive

AMD has been prolific lately and the next in its line to fall under our spotlight is the dual-core Phenom II X2 560 Black Edition.

As a result of its labours, AMD certainly has a lot of flavours of processor on the market these days, but as a gamer on a budget do you really need anything with more than two cores yet? There's still a dearth of multithreaded titles out there really taking advantage of the hex-core marvels AMD has recently launched, so you could be forgiven for sacrificing cores for cash.

The lads and lasses at AMD obviously understand that too, since the company's bolstering its dual-core lineup with another Black Edition CPU, now hitting the 3.3GHz mark. We've already seen the Phenom II X2 550 and 555 chips, which managed 3.1GHz and 3.2GHz respectively.

Quite why we need another CPU with such a small incremental increase is rather beyond us. Sure it's a Black Edition, with all the unlocked multiplier joy that entails, but then so was the 3.1GHz 550. Why push it further?

Tech Specs

Product TypeProcessor
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Thermal Design Power80 W
Processor ManufacturerAMD
Product FamilyPhenom II X2
L3 Cache6 MB
Clock Speed3.30 GHz
Brand NameAMD
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
64-bit ProcessingYes
L2 Cache1 MB
ManufacturerAdvanced Micro Devices, Inc
Product Model560
Product NamePhenom II X2 Dual-core 560 3.3GHz Black Edition Desktop Processor
Product LinePhenom II X2
Input Voltage1.3 V DC
Manufacturer Part NumberHDZ560WFGMBOX
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Unbeatable multi-core value with AMD Phenom II processors. They deliver The Ultimate Visual Experience™ for high definition entertainment, advanced multitasking performance, and power-saving innovations for smaller, cooler machines that are energy efficient.

Process Technology45 nm
Package Contents
  • Phenom II X2 Dual-core 560 3.3GHz Black Edition Desktop Processor
  • AMD-qualified heatsink/fan with thermal interface
  • Installation manual
  • AMD processor case sticker
  • Certificate of authenticity
Limited Warranty3 Year