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AMD Athlon II X3 435 2.9 GHz Socket AM3 Triple-Core Processor Review

AMD Athlon II X3 435 2.9 GHz Socket AM3 Triple-Core Processor Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Enter the AMD Athlon II X3 435 processor, the focus of this PCSTATS review. It's a 2.9GHz triple-core socket AM3 CPU built on the Propus die. So is it better to get a dual core CPU, a triple-core CPU or a quad-core CPU?
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External Mfg. Website: AMD Oct 21 2009   Julian Apong  
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Bargain Basement or Triprocessor To Avoid?

AMD's Athlon II X3 435 processor is a natural successor to the Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition that launched nearly a year ago. While the 720BE has an extra 6MB of L3 cache and an unlocked multiplier, in PCSTATS' benchmark testing the Athlon II X3 435 manages to outperform in almost every test by about 5-10%.

The Athlon II X3 435 also has the additional advantage of being a fair tick less expensive than the $130 720BE. You can find the Athlon II X3 435 for just $90 CDN ($87 USD, £60 GBP), and since this processor draws less power than the 720BE (although they both share a 95W TDP), you'll save some electricity in the long run as well. You do want to save the Penguins don't you?

Better performance at a lower price really should make the Athlon II X3 435 CPU an easy recommendation then, but I'm still a little conflicted over this chip's overall purpose:

Performance wise, AMD's Athlon II X3 435 is sandwiched right in between the $90 AMD Athlon II X2 250 processor, and the $110 Athlon II X4 620 processor. The dual core Athlon II X2 250 tends to give better performance in single-threaded applications, while the Athlon II X4 620 always comes out ahead in multi-threaded applications. The Athlon II X3 435 is a compromise between these two processors, but with only a $20 gap between the dual and quad-core processors, is this compromise really necessary? The Athlon II X4 620 is already a little slow as a quad-core, watering it down to three cores makes for some less-than-stellar multi-threaded performance.

Overclocking was unfortunately not a saving grace for the Athlon II X3 435.

PCSTATS was able to take the Athlon II X3 435 up only 600MHz without resorting to voltage adjustments, while the Athlon II X4 620 (built on the same architecture) reached an easy 1GHz. As always though your personal mileage and methodologies may vary when overclocking your processor.

AMD is pushing the Athlon II CPU as a Windows 7 solution, and PCSTATS is confident that this processor will be enough to handle anything Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system will throw at it. The minimum system requirements for Microsoft Windows 7 are a 1GHz processor, 1GB of memory, and a DirectX 9 videocard.

The Athlon II X3 435 is a socket AM3 processor, so it's compatible with AMD's most recent Socket AM3 motherboards and socket AM2+ motherboards as well. If you already own an AMD-based PC and want to make a quick and painless upgrade to multi-core processing, this is an affordable choice.

In this scenario I think the Athlon II X3 435 makes the most sense. If you're on a budget and looking to retire an aging Athlon processor and move up to a more multi-threading friendly socket AM3 processor, this is an affordable route. Provided you have a compatible motherboard (AM2+/AM3 for certain but check the manufacturer's website before you purchase for AM2!) you'll find that the Athlon II X3 435 is a cost-effective upgrade. Just keep in mind that the Athlon II X2 250 and Athlon II X4 620 are around the same price, and could give you better performance in single or multi-threaded programs.

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Contents of Article: AMD Athlon II X3 435
 Pg 1.  AMD Athlon II X3 435 2.9 GHz Socket AM3 Triple-Core Processor Review
 Pg 2.  Processor Power Draw, Core-by-Core
 Pg 3.  Triple-Core Overclocking
 Pg 4.  32-bit CPU System Benchmarks: Sysmark 2007
 Pg 5.  32-bit CPU System Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 6.  32-Bit CPU Synthetic Benchmarks: Sandra 2009 Processor / Memory
 Pg 7.  32-Bit CPU Synthetic Benchmarks: Sandra 2009 Memory
 Pg 8.  32-Bit CPU Calculation Benchmarks: Super Pi
 Pg 9.  32-Bit CPU Calculation Benchmarks: wPrime2.0
 Pg 10.  32-Bit CPU Calculation Benchmarks: ScienceMark2.3, WinRAR
 Pg 11.  32-Bit CPU Rendering Benchmarks: Cinebench R10, Bibble 5
 Pg 12.  32-Bit CPU Rendering Benchmarks: POV-Ray, 3.7, SPECviewPerf 10
 Pg 13.  32-Bit CPU Synthetic Gaming Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage, 3DMark06
 Pg 14.  32-Bit CPU Gaming Benchmarks: Crysis
 Pg 15.  32-Bit CPU Gaming Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 16.  — Bargain Basement or Triprocessor To Avoid?

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