AMD Phenom II X2 560 Black Edition review

More dual-core loving for AMD's gaming chip

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There's practically zero difference in performance terms between the two low-end Black Edition Phenom IIs. That's not surprising, since there's also little difference between the two architectures. The extra megahertz don't really give you anything but a small increase in the video encoding score – a score that's easily bettered by the quad-core Athlon II X4 620.

Video encoding performance
X264 v3 – FPS: higher is better
Phenom II 560BE – 10.9
Phenom II 550BE – 10.4

CPU rendering performance
Cinebench R11.5 – Index: bigger is better
Phenom II 560BE – 1.89
Phenom II 550BE – 1.89

DX10 gaming performance
Just Cause 2 – FPS: higher is better
Phenom II 560BE – 45
Phenom II 550BE – 45

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