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AMD Phenom II X4 810 review

It can fit into an AM2+ socket and support for DDR3 memory, but can this CPU take the quad-core crown?

Our Verdict

A great option for those already owning and AMD motherboard and those who are looking for a cheap way into the higher performance level

Product features

  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)

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For

  • Backwards compatible with AM2+
  • Decent overclocking headroom
  • Competitively priced

Against

  • Disappointing DDR3 performance

What's AMD's up to? You'd assume it would use a high-end chip to launch its new AM3 socket. But here we are with this 2.6GHz quad-core model.

AM3 is actually physically identical to the AM2 socket, which means this CPU will also slot into many existing AMD motherboards.

Significantly, however, it does add support for DDR3 memory. At least it would be significant if it made a real difference to the performance. We compared the 810 running courtesy of both DDR2 and DDR3 and found the gap was slim-to-none in reality.

As for overclocking, the 3.25GHz our sample hits with a conventional air cooler may not be spectacular, but it is more than enough to lift this affordable chip into genuine high-performance territory. Not bad for about £130.

Tech Specs

Product TypeProcessor
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Thermal Design Power95 W
Processor ManufacturerAMD
Product FamilyPhenom II X4
L3 Cache4 MB
Clock Speed2.60 GHz
Processor SocketSocket AM3 PGA-941
Brand NameAMD
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
64-bit ProcessingYes
Thermal Specification71°C
L2 Cache2 MB
ManufacturerAdvanced Micro Devices, Inc
Product Model810
Product NamePhenom II X4 Quad-core 810 2.6GHz Processor
Product LinePhenom II X4
Manufacturer Part NumberHDX810WFGIBOX
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.amd.com
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.

Packaged Quantity1
Process Technology45 nm
Package Contents
  • Phenom II X4 Quad-core 810 2.6GHz Processor
  • Heatsink/fan with thermal interface
  • Installation manual
  • AMD processor case sticker
  • Certificate of authenticity