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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.
 88% Rating:   
Filed under: CPU / Processors Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: AMD Sep 11 2006   C. Sun  
Home > Reviews > CPU / Processors > AMD Sempron 3600+

Sempron Overclocking!

Overclocking Results:
Stock Max. OC
Processor Speed: 2 GHz

2.5 GHz

If you're new to Overclocking and not sure what to do, check out these two excellent Guides for some pointers:
Overclocking the CPU and Memory
Overclocking the Videocard

The 2.0GHz AMD Sempron 3600+ processor core is built on the same 90 nanometer manufacturing process as AMD's high end Athlon64, X2 and FX processors.... so you know what that mean! Overclockability should be good for this little 2.0GHz budget processor. For the following overclocking tests PCSTATS settled on the Asus M2N32SLI-DLX motherboard and some Corsair Twin2X2048-8500C5 memory to give the Sempron 3600+ the best chance to reach super high clock speeds.

Before the overclocking tests got underway, the Corsair Twin2X PC2-8500 memory was first set to run at DDR2-533 MHz mode, this way it will not hold the CPU back. Keeping the 10x CPU clock multiplier, the Asus' motherboard clock speed was increased slowly from 200 MHz on up.

The 2.0GHz AMD Sempron 3600+ handled the overclocking process very well from the start and it only started to break a sweat when clocked at 2.4 GHz. At that speed stability wasn't the best and the CPU core voltage had to be increased to 1.37V to stabilize it.

Continuing on, we found the AMD Sempron 3600+ starting to BSOD while loading WindowsXP at 244 MHz motherboard clock speed. Yet again the CPU voltage was increased, this time to 1.4V.

In the end the 2.0GHz Sempron 3600+ processor sputtered out at an overclocked speed of 2.5 GHz, anything higher and the processor would crash the system while running benchmarks. You have to admit that 2.5 GHz from a $100 processor is pretty nice!

Prelude to Benchmarks - Test System Configuration

Over the following page we'll be running the socket AM2 2.0GHz AMD Sempron 3600+ 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 these latest, dual core 64-bit capable K8 processors.

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 #1 AMD Reference Systems #1 AMD Reference Systems #2 Intel Reference System
Processor: Sempron 3600+ AMD Athlon64 FX-62
AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+
AMD Athlon64 FX-60
AMD Athlon64 4000+
Intel Pentium D 840
Intel Pentium D 940
Socket: Socket AM2 Socket AM2 Socket 939 Socket 775
Clock Speed: 10 x 200 MHz = 2.0 GHz
10 x 250 MHz = 2.5 GHz
14 x 200 MHz = 2.8 GHz
13 x 200 MHz = 2.6 GHz
13 x 200 MHz = 2.6 GHz
12 x 200 MHz = 2.4 GHz
16 x 200 MHz = 3.2 GHz
16 x 200 MHz = 3.2 GHz
Chipset: nForce 590 SLI nForce4 SLI Intel 975X
Motherboards: Asus M2N32SLI-DLX Asus A8N-SLI Premium (NF4 SLI) Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H
Videocard: 2x MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E in SLI
Memory: 2x 1024MB Corsair XMS2-8500
2x 512MB OCZ Gold GX PC3500
2x 1024MB Corsair XMS2-8500
Memory Latency: 4-4-4-12 2-2-2-5 5-5-5-15
Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
PowerSupply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 510 SLI
Heatsink: Athlon64 FX-62 Reference Heatsink Athlon64 4000+ Reference Heatsink Thermaltake Jungle 512
Software Setup: Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
Microsoft WindowsXP x64 Edition
nVIDIA Forceware NF4 9.34
nVIDIA Forceware 91.27
Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
Microsoft WindowsXP x64 Edition
nVIDIA Forceware NF4 6.70
nVIDIA Forceware 91.27
Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
Microsoft WindowsXP x64 Edition
Intel INF 7.2.2
nVIDIA Forceware 91.27
32-Bit Benchmarks:
SYSmark 2004
Business Winstone 2004
Content Creation 2004
SiSoft Sandra 2005
Maya Render Test
Super Pi 1.1
Doom 3
Quake 4

64-Bit Benchmarks:
Cinebench 2003
ScienceMark 2.0
DiVX Encoding

CPU Load 3D Tests:
Prime95 + 3DMark05
Prime95 + Doom 3
Prime95 + FEAR

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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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