AMD Unleashes the Phenom II X4 980BE Processor

This is AMD's highest ever CPU stock clock.

AMD today announced the launch of the Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition CPU, which is based on the Deneb architecture and runs at a clock speed of 3.7GHz – AMD’s highest ever stock clock speed. As with all Black Edition CPUs, this one features an unlocked multiplier for easier overclocking too.

AMD Unleashes the Phenom II X4 980BE Processor

The last of its line


Here are the nitty-gritties of the Phenom II X4 980BE:

Clocked at 3.7GHz
Unlocked Multiplier for easier overclocking
Deneb core, 45nm architecture
512KB of L1 cache
2MB of L2 cache
6MB of shared L3 Cache
Integrated 128-bit memory controller
TDP of 125 watts

The Phenom II X4 980 is expected to be the last CPU to release using the Deneb core, what with AMD’s Llano and Bulldozer processors peeking over the horizon. It is priced at $195 (~Rs. 8,700), but expect it to cost a little more when it reaches India.

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