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AMD Phenom 9850 X4 Black Edition CPU Review

Intel released their Core 2 Quad CPUs early last year and AMD followed with their first four core CPUs in September of 2007.

Today they have two lines of processors with Quad Cores, the Phenom and the Opteron platform. The Phenom is their consumer line of desktop quad ore CPUs and the Opteron is their server and workstation line.

So being a little late to the table with Phenom can be a good and bad thing depending on whether the new processor outperforms the competition from Intel at the same price range.

Early versions of the Phenom were buggy with a TLB erratum that caused benchmarks to be lower than expected.

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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.