Average Bench: 60.1% (470th of 1264)

Based on 30,981 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: 49%Average: 60.1% Great: 67%
Gaming 60%
Desktop 62%
Workstation 43%
Speed boat

Above average average bench

The AMD Phenom II X4 965 averaged 39.8% 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. Memory Latency 80.7Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 61.6Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the AMD Phenom II X4 965 is just 18.3%. 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 236Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 234Pts

Average Bench

(Based on 30,981 samples)
Min Avg Max
66.8 Memory 80.7 90.7
52 1-Core 61.6 71.8
96.3 2-Core 122 143
55.7% 88.1 Pts
Min Avg Max
145 4-Core 230 281
162 8-Core 234 287
31.7% 232 Pts
Min Avg Max
167 64-Core 236 286
15.8% 236 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
AM3, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
Memory 85.7
1-Core 64.5
2-Core 129
59% 93.1 Pts
4-Core 255
8-Core 259
35% 257 Pts
64-Core 257
17% 257 Pts
CPU1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
Memory 77.5
1-Core 61.5
2-Core 124
55% 87.8 Pts
4-Core 251
8-Core 250
34% 250 Pts
64-Core 252
17% 252 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
Memory 75.1
1-Core 61.9
2-Core 124
54% 87.2 Pts
4-Core 232
8-Core 239
32% 236 Pts
64-Core 228
15% 228 Pts
Socket M2, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
Memory 76.7
1-Core 60.1
2-Core 122
54% 86.2 Pts
4-Core 189
8-Core 235
28% 212 Pts
64-Core 242
16% 242 Pts
AM3, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
Memory 83.1
1-Core 62.1
2-Core 122
57% 89.2 Pts
4-Core 151
8-Core 130
20% 141 Pts
64-Core 161
11% 161 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

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Gaming 6%
Tree trunk
Desktop 55%
Workstation 6%
Tree trunk

Motherboard: Asus M4A89GTD-PRO/USB3

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 51% - Above average Total price: $229

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10 days ago.

This old gal is still performing well!


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


25 days ago.

It's just better, cause i'm playing alot of games with 60 fps, along with gtx 750 ti 2gb :D


1 month 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).


1 month ago.

Very good CPU to play around with. I got a 4.1 GHz OC on air and I plan on pushing this further. If you can get your system stable it will perform great on games that don't require a lot of cores. Compared to the 3400g which is a basic entry-level CPU is barely faster so I think with OC this CPU can still claim some space.


2 months ago.

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


2 years 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!!


12 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.


7 months ago.


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


8 years ago.

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5 years ago.

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


2 years ago.

low perfomance for that price


3 years ago.

old and weak


12 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.


2 years 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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