AMD Phenom II X4 840T and 960T CPUs are shipped in Hewlett-Packard PCs
It seems that all latest desktop AMD OEM microprocessors end up in Hewlett-Packard PCs. Just two days ago we learned about HP Pavilion Elite HPE-410f and HPE-460z desktop computers, now available in stores with Phenom II X6 1045T CPU. Earlier this year we reported on Sempron 180 processors, spotted in Compaq Presario CQ3211CX and three other PCs, Sempron 145 and Athlon II X2 220 CPUs in HP Compaq 6005 Pro computers, and there were a few others. This time we discovered that two new quad-core OEM microprocessors with model numbers 840T and 960T are shipped in HP Pavilion Elite HPE-400z series PC. The Phenom II 840T is also available in HP Pavilion Slimline s5660f computer.
HP Pavilion Elite HPE-400z series PC is offered only in HP online store. HPE-400z base configuration, priced at $629, includes Athlon II X4 635 microprocessor, 6 GB of RAM, 750GB hard disk drive, 512MB ATI Radeon HD 5450 video, DVD burner, memory card reader and no monitor. The CPU on this PC can be upgraded from Athlon II 635 to Phenom II X4 840T for extra $60, or to Phenom II 960T for extra $130. Other computer components can be upgraded too. For example, video card can be upgraded to ATI Radeon HD 5570 with 2 GB of video RAM, main memory can be bumped to 12 GB, and hard disk capacity can be increased to 1.5 or 2 TB, or an additional 1.5 TB or 2 TB disk can be added for RAID operation.
HP Pavilion Slimline s5660f is not a customizable PC like the HPE-400z. This desktop computer comes with AMD Phenom II X4 840T CPU and 6 GB of DDR3 memory, expandable to 16 GB. The s5660f PC is equipped with 1 TB hard disk drive, Blu-ray player and DVD burner, ATI Radeon HD 5450 graphics with 512 KB of DDR3 video memory, and HD audio. Like many modern home computers, it uses 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium operating system. The Pavilion Slimline s5660f has $799.99 price sticker in HP online store, and can be bought at the same or lower price from a number of retails stores, like Amazon.com, buy.com and Walmart.
A few words about the AMD Phenom II X4 840T and 960T microprocessors. These newcomers to Phenom II family are not much different from Deneb-based Phenom II X4s. They all have 4 cores, 2 MB L2 cache split between the cores, 6 MB level 3 cache, and common set of technologies, including SSE3 and Virtualization. There are two things that make these CPUs appealing to computer enthusiasts. AMD Phenom II X4 840T and 960T are based on Zosma core - a modification of Thuban core, used by all AMD six-core desktop models. Unlike the X6 processors, the 840T and 960T have two out of six cores disabled. It is possible to unlock extra cores on some Phenom II 960T microprocessors, and convert them to full-fledged six-core CPUs, although we were not so lucky with our 960T sample. We suspect that the extra cores can be unlocked on the Phenom II 840T too. Another important new feature on these microprocessors is a Turbo Core technology. When the processor does not use all CPU cores, this technology boosts performance of active cores by increasing their frequency. The Phenom II 960T model, that normally operates at 3 GHz, may run as high as 3.4 GHz. Exact maximum Turbo Core frequency is not known for the 840T CPU, but it is usually 300 MHz - 500 MHz higher than processor's core frequency, which is 2.9 GHz for the 840T. Both Phenom II 960T and 840T models use socket AM3, and they should work in all socket AM2+ and AM3 motherboards, that support Phenom II X6 microprocessors.
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Aug 14: AMD Phenom II X4 960T and X6 1075T are listed on eBay
Jul 20: AMD Athlon II and Phenom II CPUs planned for the third quarter
Apr 17: Unlocking Phenom II X4 960T
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