Tom's Hardware: Phenom With B3 Stepping First Look

AMD's fix seems only a few days away. Tom's Hardwre just received a new Phenom CPU whose launch is still a few weeks away with only minimal advance notice. According to our tests, this CPU is based on the highly anticipated B3 stepping that users are apparently expecting to be something of a small miracle. It is meant to be error-free, allow higher clock speeds and still consume less power than the Phenom 9300 and 9400 models (2.2 GHz and 2.3 GHz, respectively) released last November.

At any rate, the new CPU worked without a hitch in the test system they used a few weeks back to compare the energy efficiency of various AMD processors ranging from the Sempron and the Athlon 64 X2 to the Phenom.

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