The AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition processor is based on the AMD K10 CPU core. The Phenom II X4 is code named Deneb. The CPU originally sold for $249 with a fan.

The original C2 version is 140W TDP but the CPU being reviewed is the C3 version which only needs 125W which is a 10% improvement.

The AMD Phenom II X4 965 runs at 3.4GHz but the unlocked version is being reviewed.

The AMD Phenom II X4 965 can be installed on AM3 or AM3+ motherboards. The CPU supports DDR2 however DDR3 has more bandwidth. AMD supports DDR3-1600 which is the top JEDEC speed.

We installed this CPU on the Asus M4A77D motherboard. This board uses DDR2 which we recovered from a previous damaged motherboard. The CPU is much more powerful than the previous Athlon from the old machine.

By taking advantage of the AMD dual memory capability were were able to reduce the cost of repairs considerably. The advantage of the Phenom II X4 965 is faster boot times and overall generally better performance.

Later we installed this CPU on the Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0.motherboard and immediately we experienced a big improvement in performance. AMD Phenom II X4 965 was equipped with DDR3-1600 which is more than double the speed of DDR2-800.

Finally we installed this CPU on the MSI 970A-G43 motherboard which has lasted much longer.

No question that the AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition has been a stellar CPU choice. It has survived several motherboards and it has remained respectably powerful enough to be practical for years.