Cain vs. Abel.
Thor vs. Loki.
Matt Damon vs. Ben Affleck
And now… P6 Black vs. P6 Chrome.
Cellucor created two BROs of the same likeness and now we must witness another historical BRO against BRO battle, bro… So, pick up your rock, grab your hammer, screen-write a Good Will Hunting sequel, and LET’S WITNESS SOME ‘OL FASHIONED FRATRICIDE, BROTHER.
Tale of the Tape
|Vitamin D (as Cholecalciferol)||1666 IU (416% DV)||P6 Chrome™ Blend||1445 mg|
|Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxal 5-Phosphate)||2 mg (100% DV)||Adaptest™ Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera) Root Extract, Tribulus Alatus Fruit Extract, Fenugreek (Trigonella Foenum-graecum) Seed Extract, Agaricus Bisporus Fruit Extract, 3,3’-Diindolylmethane|
|Magnesium (as D-Aspartic Acid Magnesium Chelate)||135 mg (33% DV)|
|Zinc (as Zinc Monomethionine)||30 mg (200% DV)|
|Copper (as Copper Bis(Glycinate) Chelate)||2 mg (100% DV)|
|Nootropic Testosterone Matrix||2105 mg|
|D-Aspartic Acid Magnesium Chelate, D-Serine, Alpha-GPC (L-alpha-glycerlphosphorylcholine), 3,3’-Diindolylmethane, Androstenolone|
|Vitamin & Mineral Support Blend||191 mg|
|Zinc Monothionine, Copper Bis(Glycinate) Chelate, Cholecalciferol, Pyridoxal 5-Phosphate|
|Androgen Support Matrix||167 mg|
|Mucuna pruriens Seed Extract (standardized for L-Dihydroxyphenylalanine), Andrographic paniculata Aerial Parts Extract (standardized for Andrographolides content)|
|*These are not full supplement facts, just a comparison of dosages & ingredients.|
Round 1: Formulas
If P6 Black is a shotgun, then P6 Chrome is a pistol.
And both formulas are aiming at your nuts.
Let’s find out which one’s the better shot:
P6 Black mixes Nootropics with T-Boosters.
Technically, if you’re low on T, then T-boosters can work as “nootropics” themselves—the mental benefits of increased T are a huge manly advantage in both sport and life. So, it’s a cool idea, but… the best T-booster stack supplements tend to focus on one thing and one thing only: TESTOSTERONE.
P6 Black delivers the additional nootropic support anyway:
Alpha-GPC & D-Serine.
The idea is to enhance the mind-muscle connection through combining anabolic T-boosters with brain-sharpening ingredients. But how exactly does this work?:
- It doesn’t. At least not with these ingredients. Alpha-GPC & D-Serine are decent enough at enhancing key aspects of learning (i.e. memory formation & recall), but don’t do much in terms of focus—which is more important for that quote-unquote “muscle-mind connection.”
Granted, much of the Nootropic T-Boosting here is theoretical (so theoretically, this combination could work here), but current research doesn’t justify its purpose in this formula.
Regardless, P6 Black at its core is a T-booster, so how does it do in terms of T-boosting? Well, for one, it has 4 of our 5 favorite T-boosters: D-AA-CC, Zinc, Mucuna Pruriens, and D3 (HELL YES!)—with Zinc fitting inside a manly side-serving of ZMA (Zinc, Magnesium, B6).
Additional T-boosting may or may not be found in Diindolylmethane (DIM), Androstenolone, & Andrographis… buuuuut:
- DIM & Androstenolone are backed by questionable, contradictory science.
- Andrographis paniculata helps bros fight colds, not low T levels.
All-in-all, P6 Black has its share of distracting, confusing ingredients, but more than eclipses them with its hefty share of bona-fide, ball-busting T-boosters.
P6 Chrome controls T & Estrogen Levels.
Compared to P6 Black’s 11* ingredients (*12, if you split D-Aspartic Magnesium Chelate into DAA & Magnesium), P6 Chrome is small, sizing up to a single blend of only 5 ingredients: Ashwagandha, Tribulus Alatus, Fenugreek, Agaricus Bisporus, and Diindolylmethane.
The result: More condensed, yet weaker T-boosts.
According to Cellucor, P6 Chrome’s formula is designed for two basic bio-actions:
- Supporting “Free” T Levels.
- Controlling Estrogen.
And while we already mentioned our concern over Diindolylmethane (some research shows decreases in T levels), the overall design of this formula looks solid:
- Ashwagandha, Tribulus, & Fenugreek are awesome herbs for supporting active T levels (and even awesomer at enhancing libido!). Plus, P6 Chrome goes with Tribulus Alatus over Tribulus Terrestris—we don’t qualify Terrestris as a true T-booster, but Alatus’ research shows more promise than Terrestris.
- Agaricus Bisporus & DIM are popular anti-estrogen compounds—although, we’d prefer P6 Chrome to cut out DIM completely for more Agaricus Bisporus (i.e. white button mushroom), which is more effective at reducing estrogen.
While P6 Chrome accomplishes what it set out to do—Support T, Control E—it misses out on big, potent T-boosts with its small formula by neglecting the BIG dawgs present in P6 Black’s formula: D-AA-CC, Zinc, Mucuna Pruriens, and D3.
Even though P6 Black hits more unnecessary points with its “shotgun spread” formula, it’s clearly the more effective, and thus the more BETTER, formula.
And more BETTER is the most BEST!
Round 1… P6 Black Wins.
Round 2: Dosages
Nothing pisses off the judges more in this round than Proprietary Blends.
Both P6 products here use prop blends—Chrome simply is a prop blend—making it unnecessarily hard for us to figure out how much dosage is going where.
The best we can say here:
Both P6 formulas supply enough overall dosages for most (if not all) ingredients to be effective.
More importantly, each blend prioritizes the “important” T-boosters (D-Aspartic Acid, Mucuna Pruriens, Ashwagandha, Tribulus) over the meh “whatevers” (Diindolylmethane, Andrographis)—thus giving the “important” T-boosters a larger slice of milligrams.
Perhaps our only point of negative criticism is P6 Black’s low Vitamin B6 dosage… But this is more than made up for with its high 30 mg of Zinc.
So, screw it: Both P6 formulas win.
Round 2… Tie.
Round 3: Ingredient Quality
For the most part, the P6 formulas have chosen the right ingredients for boosting T… But have they chosen the right right ingredients?
The answer ranges from “Yes” to “Maybe?”
On P6 Black’s side, nearly all of its right ingredients look right:
- The DAA is at a high-quality D-AA-CC; The B6 is in a rare P-5-P form; The herb extracts are standardized (although Cellucor doesn’t mention the % standardization).
There are a few improvements that could be made on the formula—ex. Zinc Monomethionine swapped for Zinc Citrate—but we’re not petty ass bitches, BRO. We’ll happily take these vitamins & minerals. Especially considering that P6 Chrome has none, sporting instead 5 herb extracts—the best of which being that premium, branded Adaptest™ Ashwagandha.
The other 4 ingredients are sort of just… meh. They are extracts, so that’s a step-up from “plain” herbs at least—but we don’t know what specific compounds are being extracted.
Considering that both products come from the same manufacturer, we’re confident that both have the same value of ingredients… But P6 Black shows its quality, whereas P6 Chrome has us guessing.
Round 3… P6 Black Wins.
Round 4: Price
|P6 Black||VS.||P6 Chrome|
|1 Bottle (30-day supply)||$69.90||1 Bottle (30-day supply)||$39.99|
|Price Per Capsule||$0.77||Price Per Capsule||$0.67|
|Price Per Serving||$2.33||Price Per Serving||$1.33|
Round 4… P6 Chrome Wins.
Round 5: JUDGEMENT
However you spin this, Cellucor is the true winner.
No matter the outcome, they’re having one of their products promoted as a winner—but that’s coo, because Cellucor busts out a lot of “winner” formulas.
And as you may have noticed, P6 Chrome is nearly half the cost of P6 Black—so naturally it’s going to be less in “value” than P6 Black. But we wouldn’t say it’s half the value of P6 Black: With Chrome you’re still getting a ballsy, well-rounded T-booster that works.
If you’re a BRO on a BUDGET, we see nothing wrong with going the Chrome route over Black: Your testicles will still thank you for it.
But in a side-by-side comparison, it’s clear which Cellucor T-booster you should go with: