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AMD Athlon II X4 635 2.9GHz Socket AM3 Quad-Core Processor Review

AMD Athlon II X4 635 2.9GHz Socket AM3 Quad-Core Processor Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Enter the AMD Athlon II X4 635 processor, a mainstream quad-core chip clocked at 2.9GHz and priced at just $120 bucks. Compatible with socket AM3 and AM2+ motherboards, the AMD Athlon II X4 635 is set to be the darling of media PC, home FTP server and budget-minded home PC builders.
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External Mfg. Website: AMD Jan 25 2010   Julian Apong  
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Quad-core Speed Bump Ahead

AMDs 2.9GHz quad-core Athlon II X4 635 processor is built for those looking for good multi-threaded performance on a very tight budget. At just $120USD it's one of the most affordable quad-core processors available today.

The Athlon II X4 does involve a bit of compromise, and that`s because it sacrifices its L3 cache.

And while this socket AM3 processor model has been blessed with a 100MHz boost over its nearest predecessor, the Athlon II 630, it's still not fast enough to compete with AMD's own dual-core processors, let alone Intel's Core 2 Duo series in single threaded applications.

Fortunately the Athlon II X4 635 CPU does shine once multiple processes and threads start taking advantage of the four cores. In multi-threaded benchmarks like POV-RAY and Cinebench, AMDs Athlon II X4 635 stays competitive with the likes of Phenom IIs and at times Intel's more expensive Core i5 processor. In terms of price-to-multithreaded-performance, the Athlon II X4 635 offers a compelling option for mainstream PC builders.

The socket AM3 Athlon II X4 635 processor is natively compatible with both socket AM2+ (DDR2) and AM3 (DDR3) motherboards. This means that upgrading to a quad-core processor can literally just be a matter of picking up the Athlon II X4 635 from your local computer shop and dropping it into an existing AMD system. The Athlon II X4 635 will also be forward compatible with AMD's upcoming 880G and 890G chipset platform, which will be appearing in the first quarter of 2010 with SATA6 and USB3.0.

The reality for today is that AMDs Athlon II X4 635 is a great value CPU at $125 CDN ($119 USD, £60 GBP), especially for those looking at heavily multi-threaded workloads on a budget. Is is by no means the fastest chip, and the lack of L3 cache does put it at a continuous disadvantage in several benchmarks as you witnessed. Considering all that, for those on a budget with modest computing requirements the AMD Athlon II X4 635 processor offers a good balance between overall system performance and value. In other words, if you`re assembling a mainstream PC for light home use and trying to keep costs down, you should consider this quad-core chip over Phenom II X2 dual core solutions.

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Contents of Article: AMD Athlon II X4 635
 Pg 1.  AMD Athlon II X4 635 2.9GHz Socket AM3 Quad-Core Processor Review
 Pg 2.  Core-by-Core CPU Power Draw & Overclocking
 Pg 3.  32-bit CPU System Benchmarks: SYSMark 2007
 Pg 4.  32-bit CPU System Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 5.  32-Bit CPU Synthetic Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra - Processor
 Pg 6.  32-Bit CPU Synthetic Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra - Memory
 Pg 7.  32-Bit CPU Calculation Benchmarks: Super Pi
 Pg 8.  32-Bit CPU Calculation Benchmarks: wPrime2.0
 Pg 9.  32-Bit CPU Calculation Benchmarks: ScienceMark2, WinRAR
 Pg 10.  32-Bit CPU Rendering Benchmarks: Cinebench R10, Bibble 5.0
 Pg 11.  32-Bit CPU Rendering Benchmarks: POV-Ray 3.7
 Pg 12.  32-Bit CPU Rendering Benchmarks: SPECviewPerf 10
 Pg 13.  32-Bit CPU Synthetic Gaming Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage, 3DMark 06
 Pg 14.  32-Bit CPU Rendering Benchmarks: Crysis
 Pg 15.  32-Bit CPU Rendering Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 16.  — Quad-core Speed Bump Ahead

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