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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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Welcome to the family Socket AM2!

It was only a matter of time before the Athlon64 and DDR2 paired up. Multi-core processors require memory bandwidth than traditional DDR memory cannot handle, and in order to keep the high performance Athlon64 architecture going adopting DDR2 was a necessary step.

For users, the new socket AM2 Athlon64 signals a shift in both the Athlon64 architecture, and in upgrade paths. With the 940-pin socket AM2 processor, several other key components of a system have also had to be upgraded by default; including the motherboard and memory requirements, and heatsink. With dual videocard SLI capabilities married to virtually all high end motherboard platforms, a new power supply is likely to be on the list as well.

In the previous pages of this review, PCSTATS showed you the two new processors that AMD has unleashed on the world; the socket AM2 Athlon64 X2 5000+ and the socket AM2 Athlon64 FX-62.

The Athlon64 X2 5000+ retails for $773 CDN ($696 US, £396 GBP) and the flagship Athlon64 FX-62 goes for $1147 CDN ($1031 US, £547 GBP). Both processors are available as of this moment.

The AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+ as its name indicates is the newest mainstream part. The dual core processor is built on AMD's 90 nanometer manufacturing processes with SOI technology. Each core is clocked at a brisk 2.6 GHz and features 128KB L1 and 512KB L2 cache per core. The smaller cache size does not put the Athlon64 X2 5000+ at much disadvantage, and as you could see in the benchmarks it often performed on par with the more expensive socket 939 Athlon64 FX-60.

The AMD Athlon64 FX-62 simply beams awesomeness and is the fastest desktop processor in the computer industry to date that PCSTATS has tested. Like the X2 5000+, the Athlon64 FX-62 is also built at AMD's Fab30 Dresden manufacturing plant on 90 nanometer SOI technology.

The two processing cores are running at a blistering 2.8 GHz and come fully loaded with 1MB L2 cache per core. A feature that hardcore enthusiasts will love is that the Athlon64 FX-62 comes fully multiplier unlocked, and is the easiest overclocking processor available. Make no mistake about it, the Athlon64 FX-62 has absolutely no rivals in performance or prestige.

AMD's chipset and motherboard manufacturing partners have loads of socket AM2 peripherals ready and you can find quite a few socket AM2 motherboards on the market already. Easily the most impressive are the new nVIDIA based nForce 500 series motherboards. Not satisfied at rehashing the nForce4, nVIDIA's new nForce 500 series chipsets dramatically improve on what the nForce4 lacked. DualLink technology is great news for enthusiasts who are running on high bandwidth networks, FirstPacket allows educated users to prioritize packets for gaming/VoIP and LinkBoost promises to improve bandwidth between the key subsystems like PCI Express and HyperTransport between CPU and Northbridge!

Memory latency timings affect how quickly the system memory gets data to and from the processor and the other devices. Throughout its lifetime the Athlon64 is known to benefit from lower timings, with DDR2, timings are much higher than DDR memory ever provided. It will be interesting to see how AMD is able to improve on its current processors using a memory standard that is not tuned for it.

As the benchmarks demonstrated, the only rival for AMD's Athlon64 X2 5000+ and Athlon64 FX-62 are its own processors from the Socket 939 generation. Intel's best simply doesn't have the power to even be in the same league, although the emerging Intel 'Conroe' core is rumored to put up stiff competition. AMD's 90 nanometer manufacturing has matured nicely and we were pleasantly surprised with an overclock of 2.92 GHz from the socket AM2 Athlon64 X2 5000+ and 3.08 GHz from the socket AM2 Athlon64 FX-62.

Despite all this computing power, the socket AM2 AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+ and FX-62 both use less power than current Intel processos. AMD is also set to release low wattage socket AM2 Athlon64's shortly which will use even less power.

The socket AM2 Athlon64 X2 5000+ and Athlon64 FX-62 have no rivals and if you want a top of the line system, it'll use either one of these processors. With all the new settings DDR2 brings to the table, enthusiasts and tweakers will be busy having fun for a very long time.

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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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