AMD Company hasn’t made any serious changes in the microarchitecture of their processors for a long time now. This is the primary reason why their processors can’t compete successfully against Intel solutions in the upper price range: the Best AMD products can only perform comparably in the mainstream segment competing against Intel Core i5 and Core i3. However, it doesn’t prevent AMD from winning customers over: the CPUs from this manufacturer can often boast appealing features and affordable price. When they transferred their production to 45 nm technology and introduced Phenom II and Athlon II product families, AMD’s business definitely started to pick up. The price-to-performance ratio offered by many contemporary AMD products is often as good as by their competitors. Besides, Phenom II and Athlon II processors also look very attractive from power consumption and overclocking standpoints.
However, progress is continuous and it is essential that AMD does increase the performance of their products from time to time in order to retain the conquered market positions and to avoid dropping down only to the budget segment. However, keeping in mind that AMD’s top CPU models currently work at 3.2-3.4 GHz frequencies, it might be a little challenging. However, AMD decided to take a different route: instead of increasing the clock speed, they bet on adding more computational cores. As a result, there appeared six-core processors in the mainstream price segment. We have already discussed solutions like that in one of our previous articles devoted to Phenom II X6 1090T and Phenom II X6 1055T. The interesting thing is that these processors have no direct competitors at this moment: Intel is currently offering six-core processors only as an ultra-expensive solution for computer enthusiasts, while AMD, on the contrary, introduces six cores in the mainstream part of the market. And despite their uniqueness, these processors turn out a good choice for multi-threaded applications, such as those used for multimedia content creation and processing. However, six-core AMD processors also have a few shortcomings. Despite the Turbo Core technology that increases their clock frequency when the cores are only partially utilized, they run slower than quad-core Intel CPUs with Hyper-Threading support.
Nevertheless, we can’t deny that the junior Phenom II X6 model is still very appealing, especially since it is priced at only $200. In other words, this processor doesn’t target Core i7 as its primary competitor right from the start, which makes it a very intriguing choice. Moreover, our first review of Phenom II X6 CPUs revealed their great overclocking potential, which allows to increase their frequency easily to 4.0 GHz. As a result, we decided to return to testing AMD Phenom II X6 processors. Today we will talk about the least expensive six-core CPU in the market – AMD Phenom II X6 1055T. We are going to compare its features against those of its direct competitors, but the primary topic of our today’s article will be the overclocking-related features of this product.