Whatever way you look at it, Phenom II X6 1055T is a very interesting solution that is hard to pass. Even a quick look at a processor price list in any store will be enough for you to notice this CPU. There are only three six-core processor models produced for desktops today and Phenom II X6 1055T boasts the most attractive price, which is also quite affordable for most users out there. This combination of features makes Phenom II X6 1055T an extraordinary product and even from a purely subjective standpoint this processor has every chance to become a real sales hit.
Emotions aside, a more balanced look at this CPU will produce pretty mixed feelings. The thing is that despite an unprecedented combination of the number of cores and price, Phenom II microarchitecture is considerably less efficient than that of Intel microprocessors. It generates the whole bunch of issues, such as lower specific performance or higher power consumption and heat dissipation. However, I doubt that anyone could be surprised about it: everyone knows the weaknesses of contemporary AMD processors very well. However, these issues are not fatal and many users are ready to put up with them, as you can see from the sales volumes of quad-core Phenom II X4 CPUs.
No doubt, six-core Phenom II X6 processors are more advanced than their quad-core counterparts. And if you are looking for the best overclocker Socket AM3 CPU in the 200-dollar price range, then you should definitely go for Phenom II X6 1055T. It overclocks to about 4.0 GHz with air-cooling alone, which is obviously not any less than what any other Socket AM3 processors with fewer computational cores can offer. It means that an overclocked Phenom II X6 1055T will outperform any other Socket AM3 processor at least due to larger number of cores.
However, if you are not limited to the specific processor socket type, then the situation may be different. In this case quad-core Intel processors from the same price range often outperform six-core Phenom II. Core i5-750 is the most dangerous rival to the new Phenom II X6 1055T, as it can also be overclocked to 4.0 GHz and runs just as fast as the six-core AMD processor in most applications, but consumes considerably less power. In fact, AMD solution is ahead of Intel only in those applications that can load any number of cores to the maximum by splitting the processes into parallel threads.
Nevertheless, Phenom II X6 1055T is a very good (but not the only) choice for an overclocker platform in the mainstream price range. It is easy to overclock and provides pretty substantial frequency and performance boost.