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AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Dual Core Processor Socket AM3 3.1GHZ 7MB Cache 80W Retail Box

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Experience: 1 Months


Great CPU and value at dual or quad mode
Unlocked to quad with gigabyte GA-790GPT-UD3H and runs great. Even at dual core it will overclock and is still great. I have this and a E8400 and see little or no difference. If unlocking to a quad I would think better cooling is a good thing. This is great value even if it don't unlock. Buy it with dual core and bonus if you get quad.

Experience: 6 Months


-Great overclock-ability
-Runs cool
-POTENTIAL for unlocking cores
-People that buy these expecting to unlock the extra 2 cores
Do not buy this chip EXPECTING it to be a quad. It is a great dual core processor, easily overclocked to 3.6ghz and higher. I was lucky enough to get one that unlocked to a quad core and I run it overclocked d 3.6ghz in my multimedia/gaming rig. I ran it as a dual core before unlocking and it performed well above my expectations. This chip does not deserve low ratings because you have trouble unlocking cores.

Experience: 1 Months


good value CPU with overclocking potential
always fan of AMD processors, this is one of the best overclocking CPUs available for budget PC users.

Experience: 3 Weeks


-Good value if able to unlock cores
-Unlocked multiplier
-Not the best value if cores can't be unlocked
Bought this for a friend's build. I try to support the under dog so I usually use AMD parts for my builds as long as the value is there. Haven't had a chance to unlock the cores or OC this thing so I can't really comment on that. Once I get some time, I find out what this thing can do. Even if this thing can't unlock, there is more then enough power for gaming. Crossing my fingers for this.

Experience: 2 Weeks


Cheap proc, runs cool, could possibly unlock remaining cores with the right board (not mine)710,750sb.
I'm impressed with the new speed coming from a Barton (duh!)overclocks easily on air primed over 7 hoursk3780mhz. (18x210). Idles at 28, hottest41 during stress test.
For a budget build you can't go wrong!
Earthwatts 650
Mushkin redlines ddr2
CM hyper212+

Experience: 2 Months


Great overclocker, cheap price and a bonus if you can unlock them
Got them to see if it would actually unlock. I managed to unlock the third core and overclocked it to 3.6Ghz. I'm impressed with this cpu.

Experience: 6 Months


-cheap quad core
-easy OC with BE
Got this 6 months back. Unlocked it with an AM2+ board and OCed it to 3.7ghz stable. What a bargin for quad core with black edition. Heard good things abt the new 555BE as well, it will be an even better OC.

Experience: 1 Days


Good price/Performance
Heatsink should be bigger
While ordering this processor, I also ordered a replacement heatsink/fan for one of my old AM2 processors. I ended up using it on this processor as it is significantly bigger and would be quieter too. I'll use the stock fan on the old processor.
I purchased a motherboard capable of unlocking the two locked cores, but they won't unlock. I won't count this against the CPU, I paid for a dual-core and got a dual-core.
CPUID identifies this CPU as Stepping 2, revision RB-C2, AMD CPUINFO identifies it as 0x 10.4.2 (for those who are keeping track).

I had originally been looking at an Athlon II 250, but spent the extra $25 or so after reviewing benchmark tests between the two. This chip beat the 250 out by a small margin in most tests, and I was also hoping to unlock the extra cores.
Comparing this CPU to my old 4800+, it is noticably faster. I haven't run any benchmarks yet, but am confident that the kids games will pick up a little bit.

3.1GHz, Dual Core, with 6MB L3 cache for under $100, I'm impressed.

Experience: 6 Weeks


CPU très performent pour le prix.
Il cache deux core supplémentaires facilement activables...
Un assez bon potentiel pour l'overcloking.
Ne chauffe pas beaucoup.
Ventilateur de base.
J'ai acheté ce processeur pour une machine secondaire dans l'espoir de pouvoir débloquer les deux coeurs cachés avec une carte mère Asus M4A785TD-M EVO. Avec quelques réglages simples à faire dans le BIOS standard de cette carte mère, j'ai réussi au premier démarrage à passé en Quad Core sans aucun problème et j'ai un CPU équivalent au Phenom II X4 955 pour pret de 50% du prix! Ma carte maitresse supporte ce CPU sans problème est pratiquement sans échauffement des Mosfet. Un bon achat OUI c'est certain et même sans pouvoir débloquer les deux core supplémentaires. À mon avis ce CPU offre le meilleur rapport performence/prix sur le marché présentement.

Mark_R Has A Phenom II
Experience: 3 Weeks


- Black Edition.
- 80 Watt.
- Phenom II Dual Core.
- 3.1 GHz Stock Speed.
- Not Quad.
- Could Be Priced A Bit Lower
Hey all, I have yet to put this beast into a motherboard. I am waiting for a few newer Gigabyte models to come out - maybe even the 800 series AMD chipsets. I expect to put this into use in about 4 to 5 months. I will update  this post at that time!

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Quick Specs:
Package Contents
  • Phenom II X2 Dual-core 550 3.1GHz Processor
  • Installation Manual
  • Certificate of Authenticity
  • AMD Processor Case Sticker
  • Heatsink/fan with Thermal Interface
Process Technology 45 nm
Clock Speed 3.10 GHz
Processor Socket Socket AM3 PGA-941
L2 Cache 1 MB
L3 Cache 6 MB
Processor Core Dual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliant Yes
Green Compliance Certificate/Authority RoHS ENERGY STAR
64-bit Processing Yes
Thermal Specification 158°F (70°C)
Thermal Design Power 80 W
Processor Manufacturer AMD

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Environmental Conditions  
     Cooler Type: Fan Heatsink
     Thermal Specification: 158°F (70°C)
General Information  
     Brand Name: AMD
     Manufacturer: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc
     Manufacturer Part Number: HDZ550WFGIBOX
     Manufacturer Website Address:
     Packaged Quantity: 1
     Product Line: Phenom II X2
     Product Model: 550
     Product Name: Phenom II X2 Dual-core 550 3.1GHz Processor
     Product Type: Processor
     Additional Information:
  • Black Edition Processor
  • Enhanced Virus Protection
  • Integrated Memory Controller

     Green Compliance Certificate/Authority: RoHS
     Green Compliant: Yes
     Package Contents:
  • Phenom II X2 Dual-core 550 3.1GHz Processor
  • Installation Manual
  • Certificate of Authenticity
  • AMD Processor Case Sticker
  • Heatsink/fan with Thermal Interface

     Platform Supported: PC
Power Description  
     Thermal Design Power: 80 W
Technical Information  
     64-bit Processing: Yes
     Clock Speed: 3.10 GHz
     HyperTransport Speed: 4000 MHz
     L1 Cache: 256 KB
     L2 Cache: 1 MB
     L3 Cache: 6 MB
     Process Technology: 45 nm
     Processor Core: Dual-core (2 Core)
     Processor Manufacturer: AMD
     Processor Socket: Socket AM3 PGA-941
     Processor Technology: AMD64 Technology
CoolCore Technology
Cool'n'Quiet Technology
Virtualization Technology
HyperTransport Technology

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Messages about AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Dual Core Processor Socket AM3 3.1GHZ 7MB Cache 80W Retail Box

Just enabled the 2 sleeping cores... (Chicoman- Mar 24, 10, 18 Replies)
This CPU and which one of these boards? (littledummy- Feb 18, 10, 14 Replies)
Phenom II X2 550 BE unlock with Zotac ITX? (alanasgari86- Feb 16, 10, 4 Replies)
What stepping is NCIX shipping now? (Albert_T- Jan 22, 10, 9 Replies)
Unlocked to X4 and overclocked... (felix789- Dec 23, 09, 23 Replies)
This or the Phenom 2 x3 710? (ricky_l- Nov 03, 09, 1 Replies)
Unlocked to X4 and undervolted... (felix789- Sep 05, 09, 1 Replies)
Stock HS (Justin_S- Aug 18, 09, 5 Replies)
Motherboard for this processor (Justin S- Aug 14, 09, 6 Replies)
core unlock (giant robot- Aug 10, 09, 22 Replies)
ddr3 compatable ? (Justin_B- Jul 27, 09, 2 Replies)
Warning! ASUS M3A78-EM MB Rev. 1.01G (aimndtel- Jul 09, 09, 4 Replies)
CPU Stepping? (Andy_R- Jul 08, 09, 10 Replies)
which processor? (curtis_m- Jul 03, 09, 4 Replies)

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Comment: do not be fooled by the new Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition, it has a serious bite...
Posted by: Tara_S @01/27/10
Comment: X Bit Labs compares the Phenom II X2 550 to the Athlon II X2 250
Posted by: BernardP @07/17/09
Comment: On the next few pages we will take a closer look at both processors specs, run our usual suite of benchmarks, test power consumption levels and overclocking performance of these new AMD CPUs.
Posted by: Will_H @06/14/09
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