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AMD Athlon64 FX-60 Dual Core Processor Review

AMD Athlon64 FX-60 Dual Core Processor Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: It's important to note that each core has its own 128KB L1 and 1MB L2 cache; so essentially what we have here are two Athlon64 FX-55's squeezed into one package.
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External Mfg. Website: AMD Jan 10 2006   Max Page  
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Prelude to Benchmarks - Test System Configuration

Over the following page we'll be running the AMD Athlon64 FX-60 processor though PCSTATS standard set of gaming, productivity, and 64-bit processor benchmarks. There are a wide variety of gaming and synthetic benchmarks here to illustrate what kind of performance boost users can expect from this latest, dual core 64-bit capable K8 processor.

The specific details of how the AMD Athlon64 FX-60 processor test system was configured for benchmarking - including the hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions - are indicated below. In the second and third columns are the general specs for the AMD and Intel reference platforms that the dual core Athlon64 FX-60 processor is being compared with. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results on the next several pages.

PCSTATS Test System Configuations
Test System Reference System Reference System
Processor: AMD Athlon64 FX-60 AMD Athlon64 4800+ Intel Pentium D 840
Clock Speed: 13 x 200 MHz = 2.6 GHz
14 x 206 MHz = 2.88 GHz
12 x 200 MHz = 2.4 GHz 16 x 200 MHz = 3.2 GHz
Motherboards: Asus A8N-SLI Premium (NF4 SLI) Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal (NF4 SLI)
Videocard: 2x MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E in SLI
Memory: 2x 512MB OCZ Gold GX PC3500 DDR 2x 512MB Corsair CMX2512-8000UL DDR2
Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
PowerSupply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 510 SLI Akasa PowerPlus AK-P550FF
Heatsink: Athlon64 4000+ Reference Heatsink Thermaltake Jungle 512
Software Setup: Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
Microsoft WindowsXP x64 Edition
nVIDIA Forceware NF4 6.70
nVIDIA Forceware 81.95
Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
Microsoft WindowsXP x64 Edition
Intel INF 7.2.1.1003
nVIDIA Forceware 81.95
Benchmarks: 32 Bit Benchmarks:
SYSmark 2004
Business Winstone 2004
Content Creation 2004
SiSoft Sandra 2005
Maya Render Test
Super Pi 1.1
PCMark04
PCMark05
3DMark03
3DMark05
Doom 3
Quake 4
Halo
FarCry
FEAR

64 Bit Benchmarks:
PCMark04
PCMark05
Cinebench 2003
ScienceMark 2.0
Mini-GZIP
DiVX Encoding

Dual Core 3D Tests:
Prime95 + 3DMark05
Prime95 + Doom 3
Prime95 + FEAR

32 Bit Benchmarks:
SYSmark 2004
Business Winstone 2004
Content Creation 2004
SiSoft Sandra 2005
Maya Render Test
Super Pi 1.1
PCMark04
PCMark05

64 Bit Benchmarks:
PCMark04
PCMark05
Cinebench 2003
ScienceMark 2.0

32 Bit Benchmarks:
SYSmark 2004
Business Winstone 2004
Content Creation 2004
SiSoft Sandra 2005
Maya Render Test
Super Pi 1.1
PCMark04
PCMark05
3DMark03
3DMark05
Doom 3
Quake 4
Halo
FarCry
FEAR

64 Bit Benchmarks:
PCMark04
PCMark05
Cinebench 2003
ScienceMark 2.0
Mini-GZIP
DiVX Encoding

Dual Core 3D Tests:
Prime95 + 3DMark05
Prime95 + Doom 3
Prime95 + FEAR

The AMD Athlon64 FX-60 CPU is both 32-bit & 64-bit compatible. To test the FX-60 along with the other reference processors in a 64-bit environment, the test platform was loaded with Microsoft WindowsXP x64 Edition. As WinXP x64 Edition is capable of running both legacy 32-bit software as well as 64-bit programs, both sets of software and benchmarks were run.

If you'd like to try and reproduce our results, make sure you first download the 64-bit versions of the drivers you'll need for your motherboard, HDD controllers, videocard, sound card, ethernet, etc. For information on installing WindowsXP x64 Edition, please refer to this dual 32-bit/64-bit OS installation guide .

In the 64-bit benchmark section, readers should observe that the 'WinXP 32/32,' 'WinXP 32/64' and 'WinXP 64/64' abbreviations refer to the following system configurations. The 'WinXP 32/32' note refers to 32-bit software operating in the standard WindowsXP Professional (32-bit) environment. The 'WinXP 32/64' note represents 32-bit software operating in the Microsoft WindowsXP x64 Edition (64-bit) environment. Lastly, the 'WinXP 64/64' note means that a true 64-bit software application is running in the WindowsXP x64 Edition (64-bit) environment.

We limited the scope of our overclocking tests the standard (32-bit) WindowsXP environment. There is additional discussion and several examples of overclocking under WindowsXP x64 Edition in this PCSTATS article. The AMD Athlon64 X2 4800+ processor was unavailable for all benchmarks.

First up in the benchmark set is the 32-bit office productivity oriented Bapco Sysmark 2004...

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Contents of Article: AMD Athlon64 FX-60
 Pg 1.  AMD Athlon64 FX-60 Dual Core Processor Review
 Pg 2.  Comparing the FX-60 to Intel's Presler core
 Pg 3.  Power Consumption and Overclocking
 Pg 4.  Athlon64 FX = Unlocked Multipliers
 Pg 5.  — Prelude to Benchmarks - Test System Configuration
 Pg 6.  Pure 32-Bit Benchmarks: SYSMark2004
 Pg 7.  Pure 32-Bit Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, SiSoft Sandra 2005
 Pg 8.  Pure 32-Bit Benchmarks: Maya Render Test, Super Pi
 Pg 9.  Pure 32-Bit Benchmarks: PCMark04, PCMark05
 Pg 10.  Pure 32-Bit Benchmarks: 3DMark03, 3DMark05
 Pg 11.  Pure 32-Bit Benchmarks: Doom 3, Quake 4, Halo
 Pg 12.  Pure 32-Bit Benchmarks: FarCry, FEAR
 Pg 13.  64-Bit Benchmarks: PCMark04, PCMark05
 Pg 14.  64-Bit Benchmarks: Cinebench 2003, ScienceMark 2.0
 Pg 15.  64-Bit Benchmarks: Mini-GZIP, DiVX Encoding
 Pg 16.  Multi-threaded Benchmarks: 3DMark05, Doom 3, FEAR
 Pg 17.  Impressive Dual Core Processor

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