Average Bench: 36.3% (437th of 1184)

Based on 32,318 user benchmarks.  Devices: 178BFBFF00100F43, , 178BFBFF00100F42 Model: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 965 Processor

At nearly five years of age the AMD Phenom II X4 965 has been included in the CPU group test primarily as a reference. This hugely successful CPU from AMD has been one of the most popular gaming PC's of all time. With superb Single threaded, and therefore real-world performance, the X4 was able to compete with Intel's first generation of Core chips in terms of raw processing power and it did so at a lower price point. Today of course the X4 processor has been far surpassed by Intel's third and fourth generation Core processors. [Feb '12 CPUPro]

Poor: 24%Average: 36.3% Great: 43%
Gaming 36%
Jet ski
Desktop 42%
Speed boat
Workstation 22%

Poor average bench

The AMD Phenom II X4 965 averaged 63.7% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.


Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 60.5Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 121Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the AMD Phenom II X4 965 is just 18.2%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the AMD Phenom II X4 965 performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 232Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 230Pts

Average Bench

(Based on 32,318 samples)
Min Avg Max
46.4 1-Core 60.5 68.7
87.1 2-Core 121 138
42.6% 90.6 Pts
Min Avg Max
138 4-Core 226 268
150 8-Core 230 270
31% 228 Pts
Min Avg Max
159 64-Core 232 271
15.6% 232 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
1-Core 66.9
2-Core 134
47% 100 Pts
4-Core 249
8-Core 264
35% 257 Pts
64-Core 265
18% 265 Pts
CPU1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
1-Core 62.5
2-Core 125
44% 93.7 Pts
4-Core 249
8-Core 250
34% 249 Pts
64-Core 250
17% 250 Pts
Socket M2, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz
1-Core 62.6
2-Core 127
44% 94.7 Pts
4-Core 221
8-Core 238
31% 229 Pts
64-Core 248
17% 248 Pts
Socket 942, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 2.85 GHz (avg)
1-Core 14.3
2-Core 36.9
12% 25.6 Pts
4-Core 230
8-Core 168
28% 199 Pts
64-Core 213
14% 213 Pts
Socket M2, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
1-Core 59.6
2-Core 116
42% 87.8 Pts
4-Core 176
8-Core 200
25% 188 Pts
64-Core 222
15% 222 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

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Gaming 16%
Desktop 37%
Jet ski
Workstation 22%

Motherboard: Asus M4A79XTD EVO

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 31% - Below average Total price: $214

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14 days ago.

I have one and when my FX-8350 MB bit the dust, I had to pull this out for gaming & browsing . No real work but MS-Office 07 Pro run real snappily still. Anyway I used this for a month or so waiting for my new Ryzen 1600. Unless u are making money and working hard, I would stick with my Phenom II 965, or if my MB supported it, an UG to a FX8350. I could not tell my FX8350 from a 1600x with every thing but coding & benchmarks. for gaming with ssd's and rx-470 grafix they were all hard to tell apart....


I have a 965 pII & R9 270 & 8 gigs of ram and all game on highest settings are 80-110 fps. It does get hot but untill it dies I am happy.—Oct '14


I bump it up to 4.1mhz from fall to spring. It goes back to 3.4 during summer. I like to keep it below 50deg C. I use a CM 212 heat sink. I do maintain a cool summer night profile in bios. The closest Intel CPU costs $100 more at Newegg. And the supporting motherboard is $50 higher. The Asus Asus M5A88-V Evo MB I use harnesses this bad boy and is still modern. Three years in and I am only looking at a larger faster SSD drive. Mechanical Harddrives suck!—Jan '15


18 months ago.

been a very faithfull CPU for a long time, still able to play most games, exeptt for the latest high end games


8 months ago.

Been using this CPU since 2011 and its 2017 and I'm still playing GTA V, AC Syndicate, Witcher 3 and many other last (ish) gen games at high quality settings with a R9 280 GPU (3Gb vram, 384 bit bus bandwidth).


17 months ago.

It is a very good processor and I am running it since it has been released. Games ? No problem at all , just name it.. OC? No problem. Old GPU's? No problem , the newest GPU's no problem.. The processor is just fine. Quite too old though.. and does not support very high RAM frequency .. but still ok after so many years of good use!!


22 days ago.

I have had the 965 since it's release in South Africa back in 2009 and I have it paired with 8GB of RAM and a Radeon R9 290X and I am running all the modern games at High/Ultra settings without any bottle necking on standard clocks on both CPU and GPU.


3 months ago.


Have it since 4 years and still capable of running all new games , but real withdraw is huge power consumption—Oct '14


7 years ago.

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4 years ago.

it's a very powerful cpu it can handle the last game as well


2 years ago.

low perfomance for that price


2 years ago.

old and weak


1 month ago.

A processor certainly dated but that still manages to give some small satisfaction and it is really easy and fun to overclock. Starting from a frequency of 3.4Ghz , with a decent motherboard with a well-dissipated VRM and a good power supply, it is possible to break the 4.0Ghz wall by increasing only the multiplier and searching for the most suitable voltage for the selected frequency. The 4.0Ghz limit is dictated by the TDP and the low resistance of this chip at temperatures above 60 degrees celsuis , in fact a stable oc is reached between 3.8ghz and 4.1Ghz with an air cooler trying to keep the chip under the 60 degrees at maximum load. It would be interesting to understand what the real limit is with a liquid dissipation to try to push the frequency close to 5.0Ghz keeping the temperatures within 60 degrees to avoid crashes and system instability. This Phenom II processor in particular, as well as those of its generation , is very much influenced by the speed of the RAM and the frequency of the North Bridge of the motherboard. More frequency you can have both on the RAM and on the NB of your motherboard will positively influence the response times of the processor and thus also those of your system. Even today it manages to be an excellent processor for desktop use, multimedia reproduction up to 1440p and despite its age it manages to behave quite well on the most modern games , obviously an obsolete architecture and the fact of having only 4 cores / 4 threads does not benefit his work in this area, however, may be slightly alleviated by a good level of oc , managing to guarantee performance similar to the Intel I7 chips of the third generation.


16 months ago.

this processor is ideal for GTA V just is the ideal processor in GTA V I have 60 fps I recommend this processor

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