Phenom II X6 1090T Black
Includes CPU Cooler
- 6 x 64 kB Instruction
- 6 x 64 kB Data
6 x 512 kB
1 x 6 MB
- 7 points
- 15 months ago
from completed build 2011 Phenom Build
I bought this CPU back in late 2010, possibly early 2011. At the time, it ran everything without issue. I was able to OC it to about 3.8GHz and to 3.9GHz with some instability and heat issues. 3.8GHz is definitely the sweet spot with a nice NB bump in MHz and voltage helping too. Paired with an HD6950, it ran pretty much everything up until about 2016. DOOM and Fallout 4 were suffering, so I upgraded to an RX 580. With an RX 580, the OC'd 3.8GHz Phenom II 1090t did very well. I did still get some stutters, but not as many as before. It stayed reasonably cool at about 65 - 70C with the EVO 212 Plus by Cooler Master.
At the time, I was playing Max Payne, Max Payne II, Skyrim, Oblivion, Doom 3, Halo, Halo 2, World of Warcraft and Minecraft. All of those ran very well on it without problems. I never really played anything at stock clocks, so I couldn't really say much about that.
Booting into Linux and running an Ubuntu based system, or straight-up Debian, ran wonderfully. Linux tends to run pretty fast, but there's a nice, very minor speed bump for AMD stuff (you can thank Intel's/MS's weird compilation of the Windows kernel; it favors Intel's compiler/flags over AMD).
If you plan to play 2014 games and down with an overclock and a decent GPU, this should do fine, especially if used for $40 or $50 bucks. Modern games are playable with a high-end mid-range graphics card or a high-end, powerful GPU. I don't recommend building anything new with this - if you happen to come across an incredibly cheap build with this chip, or you're running an old system, you can still skate buy. With an OC it's about on par with a stock 2500k in terms of single-core performance and pulls slightly ahead with it's multicore (thanks to 6 physical cores).
I bought this with am AM3+ board and honestly, other than the FX-8350, there's no point in upgrading. FX's single core was disappointing up until Vishera and only the "8" core model was worthy of upgrading to thanks to a noticeable bump in multicore and a minor bump in single core. New instructions and the ability to overclock the living hell out of it helped a lot, too.
I eventually upgraded to a 2700x and there are now no stutters with my games and things run significantly faster, but I still have a soft spot for my 1090t. Great chip for the time and decent in modern times.