Average Bench: 36.4% (433rd of 1182)

Based on 29,473 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: 23%Average: 36.4% Great: 43%
Gaming
Gaming 36%
Jet ski
Desktop
Desktop 42%
Speed boat
Workstation
Workstation 22%
Surfboard

Poor average bench

The AMD Phenom II X4 965 averaged 63.6% 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 19.3%. 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 233Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 231Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 29,473 samples)
Min Avg Max
46.6 1-Core 60.8 69.8
90.8 2-Core 121 140
42.8% 90.8 Pts
Min Avg Max
134 4-Core 226 270
145 8-Core 231 272
31.2% 229 Pts
Min Avg Max
144 64-Core 233 271
15.7% 233 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
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)
1-Core 62.6
2-Core 124
44% 93.5 Pts
4-Core 248
8-Core 246
34% 247 Pts
64-Core 248
17% 248 Pts
AM3, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
1-Core 60.5
2-Core 122
43% 91.4 Pts
4-Core 211
8-Core 252
31% 232 Pts
64-Core 253
17% 253 Pts
Socket M2, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
1-Core 61.6
2-Core 124
44% 92.6 Pts
4-Core 189
8-Core 226
28% 208 Pts
64-Core 232
16% 232 Pts
Socket M2, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
1-Core 60.5
2-Core 121
43% 90.8 Pts
4-Core 190
8-Core 212
27% 201 Pts
64-Core 228
15% 228 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 19,432,304 CPUs tested.

Typical Phenom II X4 965 Builds (Compare 1,163 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 17%
Surfboard
Desktop
Desktop 37%
Jet ski
Workstation
Workstation 22%
Surfboard

Motherboard: Asus M4A79XTD EVO

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 34% - Below average Total price: $194

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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 ...

Added 7 years ago.

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1 hr ago.

It was my first "powerful" CPU. It ran like a champ, and did everything that it needed to.

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

16 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

6 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

15 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!!


Liked

1 month 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

23 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


Terrible

2 years ago.

old and weak


Excellent

14 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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