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AMD Athlon64 FX-62 and X2 5000+ Socket AM2 Processors Reviewed

AMD Athlon64 FX-62 and X2 5000+ Socket AM2 Processors Reviewed  - PCSTATS
Abstract: AMD Athlon64 FX-62 and Athlon64 X2-5000+ are both dual core, support DDR-2 667/800 MHz RAM, virtualization, and install into a new 940-pin socket called 'AM2'.
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External Mfg. Website: AMD May 24 2006   Max Page  
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Complete Socket AM2 CPU Family

AMD is gradually going to move its entire Athlon64 processor line over to socket AM2. As the new 940-pin socket is not backwards compatible with existing DDR-based socket 754/939/940 K8 processors, the company is introducing chips from the value Sempron series all the way up to the flagship Athlon64 FX-62.

PCSTATS is focusing on just the top two socket AM2 processors in this review, and they just happen to be the most expensive chips AMD is offering. If you're on a budget and hankering to adopt an AMD socket AM2 processor you should be able to find compatible processors for as little as $77USD.

Initial AMD Socket AM2 Processor Models and Energy Efficient CPUs
Socket AM2 Processors Standard Efficiency Energy Efficient Clock Speed Price
Athlon64 FX-62 125W - 2.8 GHz $1031
Athlon64 X2 5000+ 89W - 2.6 GHz $696
Athlon64 X2 4800+ 89W 65W 2.4 GHz $645
Athlon64 X2 4600+ 89W 65W 2.4 GHz $558
Athlon64 X2 4400+ 89W 65W 2.2 GHz $470
Athlon64 X2 4200+ 89W 65W 2.2 GHz $365
Athlon64 X2 4000+ 89W 65W 2.0 GHz $328
Athlon64 X2 3800+ 89W 65W, 35W 2.0 GHz $303 / $323 / $364
Athlon64 3800+ 62W - 2.4 GHz $290
Athlon64 3500+ 62W 35W 2.2 GHz $189 / $231
Sempron 3600+ 62W - 2.0 GHz $123
Sempron 3500+ 62W - 2.0 GHz $109
Sempron 3400+ 62W 35W 1.8 GHz $97 / $145
Sempron 3200+ 62W 35W 1.8 GHz $87 / $119
Sempron 3000+ 62W 35W 1.6 GHz $77 / $101

What's even more interesting is that AMD is set to introduce a series of energy efficient socket AM2 processors that consume dramatically less power than its standard models. Still, there's no overlooking the fact that the worst offender in the AM2 line up is the Athlon64 FX-62, it has a maximum power spec of 125Watts. However, going forward it's clear that some power optimizations have occurred between identical processor models on socket 939 and AM2 platforms. For example, the AM2 Athlon64 X2 series now draw 89W, a reduction from 110W for identical socket 939 parts. The vanilla Athlon64 CPU has dropped from 89W to 62W on socket AM2 also.

A special class of energy efficient socket AM2 processors will offer further power reductions when they are released. This collection of AM2 CPU models is listed in the above chart, and the chips boast operational power specifications as low as 65W and 35W. Nice! The energy efficient processors have the same operating frequencies, L1/L2 cache, etc. as the standard models, but obviously come at a price premium.

In this course of this review PCSTATS will measure real world system power loads for the socket AM2 Athlon64 FX-62 and X2 5000+ processors. We'll introduce you to a metric born of server hosting facilities, discuss how the new socket AM2 formfactor shapes up, its supporting chipsets, and cover a few other new technologies before diving into a comprehensive set of gaming, workstation content creation, and office benchmarks so you can see for yourself what potential these processors offer.

There is a lot to cover, so feel free to jump ahead to specific sections if that is what interests you most.

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Contents of Article: AMD Athlon64 FX-62 / X2 5000+
 Pg 1.  AMD Athlon64 FX-62 and X2 5000+ Socket AM2 Processors Reviewed
 Pg 2.  — Complete Socket AM2 CPU Family
 Pg 3.  Behind the Heatspreader - Common AM2 CPU Features
 Pg 4.  AMD Virtulization Technology
 Pg 5.  Performance-Per-Watt Metrics
 Pg 6.  Socket AM2 System Power Draw
 Pg 7.  Hello DDR-2, the AM2's Memory of Choice
 Pg 8.  VIA / SIS Chipsets for Socket AM2
 Pg 9.  nVIDIA, the AMD chipset market leader
 Pg 10.  Socket AM2 Heatsinks and Retention Frame
 Pg 11.  Overclocking the Athlon64 X2 5000+ and FX-62!
 Pg 12.  Flagship AMD Athlon64 FX-62 Overclocking
 Pg 13.  Prelude to Benchmarks - Test System Configuration
 Pg 14.  Pure 32-bit Benchmarks: SYSMark 2004
 Pg 15.  Pure 32 bit Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra 2005
 Pg 16.  Pure 32-Bit Benchmarks: Maya Render Test, Super Pi
 Pg 17.  Pure 32-Bit Benchmarks: PCMark05
 Pg 18.  Pure 32-Bit Benchmarks: 3DMark05
 Pg 19.  Pure 32-Bit Benchmarks: 3DMark06
 Pg 20.  Pure 32-Bit Benchmarks: Doom 3
 Pg 21.  Pure 32-Bit Benchmarks: Quake 4
 Pg 22.  Pure 32-Bit Benchmarks: FarCry
 Pg 23.  Pure 32-Bit Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 24.  64 Bit Benchmarks: ScienceMark 2.
 Pg 25.  64 Bit Benchmarks: Mini-GZip, DiVX Encoding
 Pg 26.  Multi-Threaded Benchmarks: 3DMark05
 Pg 27.  Multi-Threaded Benchmarks: Doom 3
 Pg 28.  Multi-Threaded Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 29.  Welcome to the family Socket AM2!

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