Average Bench: 40.6% (507th of 1206)

Based on 35,696 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]

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Poor: 30%Average: 40.6% Great: 47%
Gaming
Gaming 41%
Speed boat
Desktop
Desktop 42%
Speed boat
Workstation
Workstation 22%
Surfboard

Below average average bench

The AMD Phenom II X4 965 averaged 59.4% 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.

Strengths

Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 60.8Pts
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 17.4%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the AMD Phenom II X4 965 performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 235Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 233Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 35,696 samples)
Min Avg Max
48.4 1-Core 60.8 69.7
91.6 2-Core 121 139
42.8% 91 Pts
Min Avg Max
156 4-Core 229 272
160 8-Core 233 273
31.5% 231 Pts
Min Avg Max
168 64-Core 235 273
15.7% 235 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
Socket M2, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
1-Core 63
2-Core 125
44% 93.9 Pts
4-Core 251
8-Core 252
34% 251 Pts
64-Core 251
17% 251 Pts
Socket M2, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz
1-Core 62.5
2-Core 125
44% 93.8 Pts
4-Core 249
8-Core 248
34% 249 Pts
64-Core 249
17% 249 Pts
AM3R2, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
1-Core 62.5
2-Core 124
44% 93.4 Pts
4-Core 248
8-Core 246
34% 247 Pts
64-Core 248
17% 248 Pts
Socket M2, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz
1-Core 62.4
2-Core 125
44% 93.7 Pts
4-Core 234
8-Core 243
32% 239 Pts
64-Core 238
16% 238 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 23,933,961 CPUs tested.

Typical Phenom II X4 965 Builds (Compare 19,353 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 27%
Raft
Desktop
Desktop 38%
Jet ski
Workstation
Workstation 23%
Surfboard

Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 - $53

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 40% - Below average Total price: $426

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 Comments

Passmark CPU benchmark: 4,201...

Advanced Micro Devices, Socket AM3, L2 6 MB - You can take performance over the top with AMD Phenom II processors. Second generation AMD Phenom II processors feature a refined architecture, the award-winning innovation of ...

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3 days ago.

It works very well for a very low-end budget pc

Comment 

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

Comment 

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


Terrible

21 months ago.

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


Excellent

11 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).


Good

20 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!!


Excellent

3 months 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.


Liked

6 months ago.

Comment 

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


Terrible

7 years ago.

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Excellent

4 years ago.

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


Terrible

2 years ago.

low perfomance for that price


Terrible

2 years ago.

old and weak


Excellent

4 months 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.


Excellent

19 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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