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AMD Phenom II P960 is a power-optimized quad-core microprocessor for high-performance notebooks based on Danube platform. The "P960" model number first popped up in a leaked Dell training document in the middle of 2010. In the mid-October 2010 the processor was spotted in HP ProBook 4525s notebook PC. It's likely that the processor was available on the HP ProBook 4525s order page starting from beginning of October.

The Phenom II P960 is based on K10 microarchitecture, and integrates 4 cores, clocked at 1.8 GHz, on a single die. The CPU does not use Front Side Bus to communicate with memory and peripheral devices. Instead, it utilizes dual-channel DDR3 memory controller for memory access, and HyperTransport link to talk to peripherals. The P960 employs two-level cache architecture, with each core having 128 KB level 1 cache and 512 KB level 2 cache. The processor can work in 32- and 64-bit modes, and supports Enhanced Virus Protection feature. Other Phenom II P960 model features are MMX, SSE, SSE2 and SSE3 extensions to instruction set, and Virtualization technology. Processor's Thermal Design power is 25 Watt. The Phenom II Quad-Core P960 is produced in socket S1-compatible micro-PGA package. While the microprocessor fits all variations of socket S1, from S1g1 to S1g4, it will work only in the socket S1g4.

At this time (October 2010), the AMD Phenom II Quad-Core P960 is the fastest power-optimized quad-core mobile CPU, manufactured by AMD. While this model performs the best in multi-threaded (4 or more threads or processes) applications, it is clocked lower than triple- and dual-core Phenom IIs, and will have slower performance when the number of threads / processors is lower than 4. When buying a new notebook, or upgrading an old notebook, with this CPU, make sure that you have a use for extra cores on this model. If you run one or two single-threaded applications most of the time, then getting dual- or triple-core CPU would be a cheaper and better option.

AMD Phenom II P960 specifications

General information
TypeCPU / Microprocessor
Market segmentMobile
FamilyAMD Phenom II Quad-Core Mobile
Model number  ? P960
CPU part number
  • HMP960SGR42GM is an OEM/tray microprocessor
Stepping codesNADHC AD   NADIC AD
Frequency  ? 1800 MHz
Bus speed  ? One 1800 MHz 16-bit HyperTransport link
Clock multiplier  ? 9
Package638-pin micro-PGA
AMD Package number30605
SocketSocket S1 (S1g4)
Size1.38" x 1.38" / 3.5cm x 3.5cm
Weight0.2oz / 5.7g
Introduction dateSeptember - October 2010
Architecture / Microarchitecture
Processor core  ? Champlain
Core stepping  ? BL-C3
Manufacturing process0.045 micron SOI
Data width64 bit
The number of cores4
The number of threads4
Floating Point UnitIntegrated
Level 1 cache size  ? 4 x 64 KB instruction caches
4 x 64 KB data caches
Level 2 cache size  ? 4 x 512 KB
Level 3 cache sizeNone
  • MMX instructions
  • 3DNow! technology
  • SSE / Streaming SIMD Extensions
  • SSE2 / Streaming SIMD Extensions 2
  • SSE3 / Streaming SIMD Extensions 3
  • SSE4a  ? 
  • AMD64 / AMD 64-bit technology  ? 
  • EVP / Enhanced Virus Protection  ? 
  • VT / Virtualization technology  ? 
Low power featuresPowerNow!
Integrated peripherals / components
Integrated graphicsNone
Memory controller
  • The number of controllers: 1
    Memory channels: 2
    Supported memory: DDR3-1066
Other peripheralsHyperTransport technology 3.0
Electrical / Thermal parameters
Thermal Design Power  ? 25 Watt

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Related news stories

AMD introduces new mobile microprocessors
Jan 05, 2011: In the past months we posted a series of articles dedicated to upcoming refresh of mainstream and ultrathin 2010 mobile platforms. If you followed the stories then you may know that a number of not yet released processors was spotted in specifications of Acer, Dell, HP and Lenovo notebooks, and some of these notebooks already materialized in retail stores. Today, AMD added new mobile models to 2010 AMD Mainstream Platform and 2010 AMD Ultrathin Platform pages, and updated AMD product pages as well.

HP service manual reveals new AMD mobile processors
Dec 16, 2010: Yesterday we published a story revealing not-yet officially released Phenom II Triple-Core N870 microprocessor in Dell Inspiron M501R notebook. We suspected that that processor would be a part of future refresh of AMD mainstream "Danube" platform. Today we found more mobile processors from the upcoming refresh. Hewlett Packard recently updated "Maintenance and Service Guide" for Compaq Presario CQ42 and HP G42 notebooks, and added unannounced AMD model numbers and their brief specifications.

Three new AMD Turion II and Phenom II mobile CPUs spotted
Oct 18, 2010: Within last 3 weeks, both AMD and Intel refreshed mobile CPU lineups. Intel introduced new dual-core standard-power processors in all market segments, from budget Celeron line to high-performance Core i7 family, as well as a few low- and ultra-low voltage Core i5 and Core i7 microprocessors. AMD released faster versions of almost every single model from V Series, Athlon II, Turion II and Phenom II families. With 10 new mobile CPUs, AMD's platform refresh looked as extensive as Intel's update. But it gets even better. We found that three additional mobile processors from AMD are available now.

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AMD P960 Benchmarks

The graphs below show up to 10 microprocessors with approximately the same level of integer (CPU), floating-point (FPU), SIMD and memory performance. All processors were not overclocked, and were tested at a nominal frequency, with a stock heatsink and default BIOS settings. Click on the '?' mark next to each model name to see specifications of that model, and details of the test platform. To find out how the P960 compares to other CPUs in specific benchmarks or in aggregate milti-threading performance please see benchmark tools section on the right.

Benchmarked processor

CPU ID:100F53
CPU vendor string:AuthenticAMD
CPU name string:AMD Phenom(tm) II P960 Quad-Core Processor

Integer performance

Part number   Result
Intel Core i5-2410M (PGA)  ? 
Intel Core i5-560M (PGA988)  ? 
Intel Core i5-480M (PGA988)  ? 
Intel Core i5-540M (PGA988)  ? 
Intel Core i5-460M (PGA988)  ? 
AMD Phenom II P960  ? 
Intel Core i5-520M (PGA988)  ? 
Intel Core i5-450M (PGA988)  ? 
Intel Core i3-390M (PGA988)  ? 
Intel Core i3-3120M (PGA)  ? 
AMD Phenom II N870  ? 

Floating Point performance

Part number   Result
Intel Core i5-430M (PGA988)  ? 
Intel Core i3-3110M (PGA)  ? 
Intel Core i3-370M (PGA988)  ? 
Intel Core i5-420M (PGA988)  ? 
Intel Core i3-2350M (PGA)  ? 
AMD Phenom II P960  ? 
Intel Core i3-350M (PGA988)  ? 
Intel Core i5-410M (PGA988)  ? 
Intel Core i3-2330M (PGA)  ? 
AMD Phenom II N870  ? 
AMD Phenom II P940  ? 

MMX / SSE / SSE2 performance

Part number   Result
AMD Phenom II N930  ? 
Intel Core i3-330M (PGA988)  ? 
Intel Core 2GHz CP80617003747AA  ? 
AMD A10-4600M  ? 
AMD Phenom II N870  ? 
AMD Phenom II P960  ? 
AMD Phenom II N850  ? 
Intel Core 1.867GHz CP80617004170AC  ? 
AMD Phenom II N830  ? 
AMD Phenom II P940  ? 
AMD A8-4500M  ? 

Memory-intensive program performance

Part number   Result
AMD Phenom II N970  ? 
Intel Core 1.867GHz CP80617004170AC  ? 
AMD Phenom II N870  ? 
AMD Phenom II N850  ? 
AMD Phenom II N930  ? 
AMD Phenom II N830  ? 
AMD Phenom II X4 2.3GHz ZD230117K4D10  ? 
AMD Phenom II P960  ? 
AMD Phenom II P940  ? 
AMD Phenom II P820  ? 
AMD Phenom II P920  ? 

CPU ID information for the Phenom II P960

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CPU Family:Phenom II Quad-Core Mobile
Model Number:P960
Frequency:1795 MHz
Part number:
Stepping Code:
Comment:So far this processor performs very well. Ain't had a problem yet
Submitted by:Mathew
General information
Processor name (BIOS):AMD Phenom(tm) II P960 Quad-Core Processor
Logical processors:4
Processor type:Original OEM Processor
Core stepping:BL-C3
CPUID signature:100F53
Family:16 (010h)
Model: 5 (05h)
Stepping: 3 (03h)

Cache: L1 data L1 instruction L2
Size: 4 x 64 KB 4 x 64 KB 4 x 512 KB
Associativity: 2-way set
2-way set
16-way set
Line size: 64 bytes 64 bytes 64 bytes
Lines per tag: 1 1 1
Instruction set extensionsAdditional instructions
MMX Advanced Bit manipulation
AMD extensions to MMX CLFLUSH
Extensions to 3DNow! CMPXCHG16B
  SKINIT/STGI support
Major featuresOther features
On-chip Floating Point Unit 1 GB large page support
64-bit / Intel 64 100MHz multiplier control
NX bit/XD-bit 128-bit SSE instructions
Secure Virtual Machine (Virtualization) 36-bit page-size extensions
PowerNow! / Cool'n'Quiet Advanced programmable interrupt controller
  Core multi-processing legacy mode
  Debugging extensions
  Extended APIC space
  FXSAVE/FXRSTOR optimizations
  Hardware P-state control
  Hardware thermal control
  Instruction based sampling
  LAHF/SAHF support in 64-bit mode
  LBR virtualization
  LOCK MOV CR0 means MOV CR8
  Machine check architecture
  Machine check exception
  Memory-type range registers
  Misaligned SSE mode
  Model-specific registers
  Nested page tables
  OS visible workaround
  Page attribute table
  Page global extension
  Page-size extensions (4MB pages)
  Physical address extensions
  SVM lock
  Software thermal control
  Support for NRIP save
  TSC rate is ensured to be invariant across all states
  Temperature sensor
  Time stamp counter
  Virtual 8086-mode enhancements
  Watchdog timer support

CPUs, related to AMD Phenom II P960

Model Cores /
Frequency L2
TDP Features  
AMD Phenom II Quad-Core Mobile family, Socket S1 (S1g4)
   Phenom II P9204 / 41.6 GHz2 MB25W>
   Phenom II P9404 / 41.7 GHz2 MB25W>
   Phenom II P9604 / 41.8 GHz2 MB25W 
   Phenom II N9304 / 42 GHz2 MB35W>
   Phenom II N9504 / 42.1 GHz2 MB35W>
   Phenom II N9704 / 42.2 GHz2 MB35W>
   Phenom II X9204 / 42.3 GHz2 MB45WUnlock>
   Phenom II X9404 / 42.4 GHz2 MB45WUnlock>
Other families, K10 micro-architecture, Socket S1 (S1g4)
   Sempron Mobile N1201 / 12.2 GHz512 KB25W>
   V Series V1401 / 12.3 GHz512 KB25W>
   V Series V1601 / 12.4 GHz512 KB25W>
   Athlon II N3702 / 22.5 GHz1 MB35W>
   Turion II N5502 / 22.6 GHz2 MB35W>
   Turion II N5702 / 22.7 GHz2 MB35W>
   Phenom II X6202 / 23.1 GHz2 MB45WUnlock>
   Phenom II N8503 / 32.2 GHz1.5 MB35W>
   Phenom II X6402 / 23.2 GHz2 MB45WUnlock>
   Phenom II N8703 / 32.3 GHz1.5 MB35W>
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Pictures (3)

Phenom II P960 CPU pictures
2011-11-30 14:48:10
Posted by: gshv

Top view. Stepping code is NADIC AD. The processor was manufactured in the middle of December 2010.
Phenom II P960 CPU pictures
2011-11-30 14:48:27
Posted by: gshv

Bottom view
2012-03-30 14:19:14
Posted by: gshv

CPU-Z screenshot
Comments (4)

You're welcome to post suggestions, corrections, your own personal AMD Phenom II P960 review, or your experience with the microprocessor. Please do not ask upgrade and troubleshooting questions, and do not start discussions.


2011-08-17 09:00:48
Posted by: jethro wantling

does this processor have hyper-threading?

Response: It doesn't have it.


2011-10-08 06:46:03
Posted by: Jonathan

What type of motherboard does this run on and is it 1.8 ghz per processor

Response: It requires mobile motherboard. At this time I don't know of any desktop or embedded retail motherboard with socket S1g4.


2011-11-10 11:34:47
Posted by: pankaj

Dell Inspiron M5010 AMD/ 4GB/ 640GB/ DOS/1GB Graphic Laptop

TDP watts

2012-09-29 21:39:57
Posted by: Ansiff

Why does it says 25 watts TDP? When in AMD CPU data it's rated 35 watts

Response: AMD product database incorrectly lists some "HMPxxx" CPUs as having 35 Watt TDP. They are indeed 25 Watt parts.
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