Performance in Applications
When we compare the results of our overclocked testing participants in Photoshop, the conclusions are not so positive: Phenom II X4 965 is the slowest 200-dollar overclocker CPU for this type of tasks among all existing choices.
We can draw the same conclusion when we check out the results obtained during final rendering tests in 3ds max 2010. Phenom II X4 965 may seem like an interesting solution only when we compare the processor performance in nominal mode. Although in this case we should also disregard the results of LGA1156 platform, which is faster no matter what.
There is nothing new we could say About Phenom II X4 965 performance in Mathematica 7 suite, too. Unfortunately, even the promising looking overclocking of our Phenom II X4 965 processor to 4.0 GHz cannot compete against Intel based platforms that offer way higher performance in many real applications.