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AMD Sempron 3600+ 2.0GHz Socket AM2 Processor Review

AMD Sempron 3600+ 2.0GHz Socket AM2 Processor Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The AMD Sempron processor has received little press, but that hasn't stopped it from snagging a large portion of the mainstream market.
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External Mfg. Website: AMD Sep 11 2006   Colin Sun  
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Sempron AM2 System Power Draw Tests

As expected the Socket AM2 Sempron 3600+ processor draws the least amount of power of the bunch, and the system comes in using 120W at idle. We're actually a bit surprised by the power consumption of the Athlon64 FX-60, it has two processing cores, more cache and a higher clock speed yet only uses 7W more than the Sempron 3600+. We should also take into consideration that the platforms are slightly different between the various processors (ie. AM2/775/939).

Total System Idle Power Draw
Processor Total System Power Draw
Intel Pentium 4 540 150 Watts
Intel Pentium D 840 165 Watts
Intel Pentium D 940 168 Watts
AMD Athlon64 4000+ 163 Watts
AMD Athlon64 FX-60 127 Watts
AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+ 156 Watts
AMD Athlon64 FX-62 168 Watts
AMD Sempron 3600+ 120 Watts

When the Socket AM2 Sempron 3600+ is under load, it draws 148W of power, considerably less than the other processor platforms in this list. The 0.13 micron core Athlon64 4000+ chews up 172W while Intel's Pentium 4 540 draws 223W of power! There is no dual core load value because the Sempron 3600+ only is a single core processor.

Total System Stressed Power Draw
Processor Total System Power Draw
Intel Pentium 4 540 223 Watts
Intel Pentium D 840 (Single Core Load) 203 Watts
Intel Pentium D 840 (Dual Core Load) 240 Watts
Intel Pentium D 940 (Single Core Load) 230 Watts
Intel Pentium D 940 (Dual Core Load) 253 Watts
AMD Athlon64 4000+ 172 Watts
AMD Athlon64 FX-60 (Single Core Load) 163 Watts
AMD Athlon64 FX-60 (Dual Core Load) 196 Watts
AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+ (Single Core Load) 177 Watts
AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+ (Dual Core Load) 207 Watts
AMD Athlon64 FX-62 (Single Core Load) 196 Watts
AMD Athlon64 FX-62 (Dual Core Load) 235 Watts
AMD Sempron 3600+ 148Watts

From the power draw measurements it's easy to see that the AMD Sempron 3600+ CPU uses a comparatively low amount of power, something to consider if you pay for electricity and have to run multiple computer systems.

Next up we'll be overclocking the 2.0GHz Sempron 3600+ up to 2.5GHz... but first we'll touch upon Sempron 32/64-bit technologies.

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Contents of Article: AMD Sempron 3600+
 Pg 1.  AMD Sempron 3600+ 2.0GHz Socket AM2 Processor Review
 Pg 2.  2.0GHz AM2 Sempron 3600+
 Pg 3.  Sempron Performance-Per-Watt Metrics
 Pg 4.  — Sempron AM2 System Power Draw Tests
 Pg 5.  Behind the Sempron 3600+ - technologies
 Pg 6.  Socket AM2 Heatsinks and Retention Frame
 Pg 7.  Sempron Overclocking!
 Pg 8.  Pure 32-bit Benchmarks: SYSMark 2004
 Pg 9.  Pure 32 bit Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra 2005
 Pg 10.  Pure 32-Bit Benchmarks: Maya Render Test, Super Pi
 Pg 11.  Pure 32-Bit Benchmarks: PCMark05, 3DMark05
 Pg 12.  Pure 32-Bit Benchmarks: 3DMark06, Doom 3
 Pg 13.  Pure 32-Bit Benchmarks: Quake 4, FarCry
 Pg 14.  Pure 32-Bit Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 15.  64 Bit Benchmarks: ScienceMark 2
 Pg 16.  64 Bit Benchmarks: Mini-GZip, DiVX Encoding
 Pg 17.  CPU Load Benchmarks: 3DMark05, Doom 3
 Pg 18.  Multi-Threaded Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 19.  Sempron 3600+ breaking the low performance ceiling

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