Phenom II X6 1055T VS X6 1090T VS Core i7 980x Benchmark Review

This is an interesting review comparing the latest CPUs from Intel and AMD,
the Phenom II X6 1055T , Phenom II X6 1090T and the Intel Core i7 980x , and how the Phenom II X6 1090T perform when you overclock that chip ? 
A wide range of the intel and AMD CPU are in the benchmark list , lets take a look at the specifications and features of each CPU :

Specifications and features

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T and 1055T

  • AMD Phenom II X6 1090T at (3.2 GHz / 3.6 GHz Turbo) at 289 USD
  • AMD Phenom II X6 1055T at ( 2.8 GHz / 3.3 GHz Turbo) 199 USD
AMD is now really pushing the 45nm node to manufacture the newer model Phenom II X6 processors. When the original Phenom processors launched first up was the transition from 65nm towards 45nm, if you look at this from a distance it pretty much means that they were able to make this processor smaller compared to the first generation Phenom (I) products
  • 768KB L1 Cache (Instruction + Data): 128KB x6 (64KB + 64KB for each core)
  • 3MB L2 Cache: 512KB x6 (quad-core)
  • 6MB L3 Cache: 6MB Shared L3

The memory controllers has stepped up a notch as well and will support up to 16GB 4x4GB DDR3 DIMMs at 1333MHz which apparently was an issue on the early revisions Phenom II X4 processors. Actually, overclocked you can take the memory even up-to, and likely even over, 2000 MHz now.

1090T and 1055T Specifications:
  • True Six Core Processing
  • AMD Turbo CORE Technology
  • 6 x 512 KB L2 cache
  • 6 MB L3 cache
  • Direct Connect Architecture
  • HyperTransport 3.0 Technology
  • Integrated Dual-Channel Memory Controller supports DDR2 and DDR3 memory
  • AMD Balanced Smart Cache
  • AMD Dedicated Multi-cache
  • AMD Virtualization (AMD-V)Technology
  • AMD PowerNow 3.0 Technology
  • AMD Dynamic Power Management
  • Multi-Point Thermal Control
  • AMD CoolCore Technology

Model TDP Clock
Quarter Price

Phenom II X6 1055T  125W 2,8GHz 3,3GHz 2nd $199

Black Edition 1090T  125W 3,2GHz 3,6GHz 2nd $295
- Soket : AM3
- Steping: E0
- L2 Cache : 6x 512 KB
- L3 Cache : 9 MB
- Realase date: 26 April 2010

Intel Core i7 980x

This is Intel's first six-core CPU based on the 32nm manufacturing process, designed to handle the most intense compute and visualization workloads you can throw at it. Clocked at 3.33GHz, it allows you to multitask faster and unleash powerful media creation tools. Best of all, the 12MB of Intel Smart Cache gives you blazing speeds you never realized were possible.

Take advantage of Intel Turbo Boost technology which dynamically accelerates CPU performance to match your workload. Hyper-Threading technology effectively doubles the output of your six physical cores, giving you unmatched data processing. The Integrated Memory Controller optimizes data bandwidth with up to three channels.

Add the Intel Core i7-980X to your system and you’ll never look back. Experience the speed, versatility and raw power of massive multi-core processing today! 

CPU Specifications:
Brand Intel
Series Core i7 Extreme Edition
Model BX80613I7980X
CPU Socket Type
CPU Socket Type LGA 1366
Tech Spec
Core Gulftown
Multi-Core Six-Core
Name Core i7-980X Extreme Edition
Operating Frequency 3.33GHz
QPI 6.4GT/s
L2 Cache 6 x 256KB
L3 Cache 12MB
Manufacturing Tech 32 nm
64 bit Support Yes
Hyper-Threading Support Yes
Virtualization Technology Support Yes
Voltage 0.8V-1.375V
Thermal Design Power 130W

Update : the price for the AMD Phenom II X6 1090T now is 309$ @ Newegg and 209$ for the AMD Phenom II X6 1055T.

Benchmarks selection

SysMark 2007 benchmark result overall:
full review
Benchmark relative comparison (bycpubenchmark):

Crysis gaming benchmark test:
full review

AMD X6 1090T Aida 64 benchmark result:

AMD X6 1090T Overclocking performance:
full review

Now the choice is yours to chose from AMD or Intel, for me I recommend to buy an AMD X6 1090T or wait for the second generation "Sandy Bridge" of processors from Intel.

Feel free to post your opinion or experience.
Phenom II X6 1055T VS X6 1090T VS Core i7 980x Benchmark Review Phenom II X6 1055T VS X6 1090T VS Core i7 980x Benchmark Review Reviewed by Mhr on 10:54 Rating: 5


  1. Anonymous10:07

    WOW Great when you OC that X6 1090T !!

  2. Anonymous19:15

    It is good to see AMD actually closing some distance between the intel performance market agian, however with a now even cheaper core i7 920 (D0 Revision) I'm running at 4.0GHz stable with air cooling and getting a cpu score in 3dmark06 of 6803. An extra 2 cores in the AMD yet you still have to push it to 4.1GHz to get roughly the same score as intels base model i7 overclocked... I was always an AMD loyalist, but they forced me to cross to the dark side after the poor performance of the 64 x2 series. The fact is Intel are dominating the performance market. (Show the 3DMark06 results of the 980X overclocked to 4GHz-5GHz and then you see a performer)

  3. Anonymous18:42

    coool now I can smell a real battle between Intel and AMD ;)

  4. Anonymous10:07

    I have an i7 920 and a 1055T system and from what I've seen the new X6 AMD chip pretty much matches the quad cored i7 clock for clock. Considering you can get a 1055T for £150 and that with a decent board OC it to around 4.2GHz, the AMD seems the better choice. Particularly so when you consider they tend to have a better upgrade path too.

    The AMD approach to performance seems to revolve around having a higher number of "lesser" cores. This is likely to be even more apparent with the new "bulldoser" architecture. Maybe this approach gives better power/performance scaling for the multi-core applications of tomorrow???

  5. Intel's got i7-980X win, but the price is also oh... the other hand, AMD 1090T got much much cheaper price 4 times i7-980X. This means buy one 980X, and you'll get 4 AMD 1090T. With only slightly difference, it's a matter of personality to get it. Maybe, some will save it for AMD and buy a GTX 470 to counter.


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