AMD Phenom 9550 2.2GHz review

HEAD TO HEAD: BEST MID-PRICE PERFORMERS

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Our Verdict

Could do better, but overall this is a competent and powerful CPU

Product features

  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)

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For

  • Added power of four cores
  • Good value

Against

  • Slightly sluggish with gaming

It's a common aphorism that two heads are better than one, but can it be said that four cores are really better than two?

The Phenom suffers from a sloth-like 2.2GHz core clock and has just 512KB of L2 cache per core.

But, by using a lightning-fast 3,600MHz bus, and having the memory controller on the die, the Phenom has a trick or two up its sleeve.

Speedier performance

In the HD video encoding test, the 9550 actually achieved a higher framerate then Intel's top-end quad, the QX9650, and it leaves the E2180 standing.

The 3D rendering is also much better than the faster E2180, although strangely, the game scores are lower, a problem for both this and the 9850.

Still, for just a few pounds more than the E6850, the extra grunt of two more cores is money well spent.

Tech Specs

Product TypeProcessor
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Processor ManufacturerAMD
Product FamilyPhenom X4
L3 Cache2 MB
Clock Speed2.20 GHz
Processor SocketSocket AM2 PGA-940
Brand NameAMD
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
L2 Cache2 MB
ManufacturerAdvanced Micro Devices, Inc
Product Model9550
Product NamePhenom Quad-core 9550 2.20GHz Processor
Product LinePhenom X4
Manufacturer Part NumberHD9550WCGHBOX
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.amd.com
Marketing Information

Realize new possibilities for connecting with friends, family, and digital entertainment with the phenomenal performance of the AMD Phenom 9000 series quad-core processor. Built from the ground up for true quad-core performance, AMD Phenom processors speed through advanced multitasking, critical business productivity, advanced visual design and modeling, serious gaming, and visually stunning digital media and entertainment.

Packaged Quantity1
Process Technology65 nm
Package Contents
  • Phenom Quad-core 9550 2.20GHz Processor
  • Heatsink/fan with thermal interface
  • Installation manual
  • AMD processor case sticker
  • Certificate of authenticity
Limited Warranty3 Year