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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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Performance-Per-Watt Metrics

Gone are the days when performance benchmarks settled all Intel vs. AMD processor debates. The tone of the desktop computing world is palpably shifting towards power conservation, and even indivual computer users are starting to wonder "just how much power is this going to take to get me there?"

Perhaps it's only when we consider the 24x7x365 electrical operating cost of a computer that these small power reductions muster any significance, but there it is. In a sense, what's happening now parallels the transition to from loud computers to the silent PC esthetic. Before hot-running computer processors went quiet, enthusiasts' attempts to reduce the PC noise were exceptions to the rule, rather than the norm. An entire industry now thrives on selling quiet computer hardware, could the same hold true for energy efficient desktop processors that don't sacrifice performance?

I think we're all still finding our feet on the energy efficient component, but it's certainly a new component PCSTATS will be considering as we mull over the benchmark results of the Athlon64 FX-62 and X2 5000+ processors. Now, let's get on with the total system power draw tests...

Total Power Consumption Tests

The price of energy is increasing world wide, and any reduction in the amount of power a CPU requires is welcome. Wading through the technical numbers that Intel and AMD provide can be confusing because each company reports values in slightly different ways.

On paper AMD appears to consume more power since its values are higher, however AMD lists its maximum power usage while Intel posts typical. Obviously the two are not comparable and to find out which actually consumes more power, we decided to test things out.

Representing Intel will be a retail Intel Pentium D 840, Pentium 4 540, and Pentium D 940 processor. Standing in for AMD are the socket AM2 Athlon64 FX-62, Athlon64 X2 5000+, and socket 939 Athlon64 4000+ and Athlon64 FX-60 processors.

The test specs for each system stayed as constant as possible: Akasa PowerPlus AK-P550FF power supply, Western Digital 74GB Raptor hard drive, an 8x Gigabyte DVD-/+RW drive and a MSI NX6600GT-TD128E videocard. Please note that Cool 'n' Quiet is disabled for these tests, with Cool 'n' Quiet enabled, total system power draw will be even less that what is reported. A picture of the total system power draw test configuration is shown at right. The Extech Power Analyzer is located between the mains 120AC supply and the PC power supply.

To simulate single-core load, the Prime95 Small FFTs test was run, and two instances launched for dual core loading. Total system power consumption was read with a Extech Power Analyzer Datalogger (model 380803) for both CPU loaded and CPU idle states. Please keep in mind that these values are measuring an entire system while the processor is running under computational load or idle.

How do the socket AM2 Athlon64 FX-62 and X2 5000+ impact total system power draw? Let's have a look....

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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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