AMD Phenom II X2 560

Introduction & Specifications

Today we will have a look at AMD:s newest dualcore processor called Phenom II X2 560. Will the extra 100MHz in clock frequency benefit you at all? Let’s have a look.

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Model Number Frequency Total L2 Cache L3 Cache Packaging Thermal Design Power CMOS


560 3.3 GHz 3MB 6MB socket AM3 125W 45nm SOI

The Product:

AMD Phenom II X2 560BE
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Like before, we recieved a tray version of the processor to test with. The processor came in simple plastic box without the cooler.

AMD Phenom II X2 560BE
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CPU-Z shows us the important information about the processor. Core speed 3300MHz is 100MHz faster than the previous Phenom II X2 555 had while all the other specifications have remained the same. The 100MHz increase in clock rate is achieved by rising the multiplier by 0.5x. Like Phenom II X2 555, the 560 is also based on Callisto core and made with 45nm technology.


Tests were performed using the following setup:

AMD Phenom II X2 560
Asus M4A785TD-M EVO Motherboard
Chaintech 2x2GB 1600MHz DDR3
Hitachi 7K1000 1000GB SATA2 drive
Club3D Radeon 4890 1024MB Videocard
CoolIT ECO A.L.C Watercooling system

Windows was patched and all the latest drivers were used. Test software today are: PCMark Vantage, Sisoft Sandra 2010, SuperPI and Winrar. Overclocking was done by tweaking the BIOS settings.

Sisoft Sandra 2010, Cpu Arithmetic:

AMD Phenom II X2 560BE

Sisoftware Sandra is great tool to test how well your processors manages in various different operations. CPU Arithmetic test measures the processors ability to measure aritchmetic and floating point performance. Thanks to 100MHz higher clock frequency the 560BE manages to put slightly better results than the older 555BE.

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