AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Processor Review

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Pricing and Power Use

AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ CPU-Z

The X2 6000+ is the fastest processor available for AM2. Clocked at 3.0GHz with a full meg of L2 cache per core, the X2 6000+ performs approximately 5% better, on average, than the FX-62 in application testing. Pictured above is our CPU-Z screen shot of the AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+

Pricing:

When it comes to pricing AMD has aggressively set the prices on their 65nm energy-efficient AMD Athlon 64 processors 3500+ and 3800+ at $88 and $93, respectively in lots of one thousands pieces.  The new flagship Athlon 64 X2 6000+ is $464  also in lots of one thousands pieces.  The new processors are set to arrive on February 22nd, 2007.

 Processor  Frequency Process  # of Cores  Max Power  Price
 Athlon 64 X2 6000+

 3.0GHz

 90nm

 2

 125W

 $464

 Athlon 64 3800+

 2.4GHz

 65nm

 1

 45W

 $93

 Athlon 64 3500+

 2.2GHz

 65nm

 1

 45W

 $88

Power Consumption:

AMD has recently made a good effort at lowering power consumption and heat in their computer processors and many have overlooked this. An example of this is how AMD replaced the 125W FX-62 processor with an 89W X2 5600+ at the same 2.8GHz clock frequency and cache size. Last month on January 22nd, AMD announced the new energy efficient single core processors that have a maximum power spec of just 45W! With the recent launch of AMD’s 65nm parts AMD has moved the maximum power specification down from 89W down to 65W on their desktop processors. While power consumption is going down on a number of processors the power consumption on the 6000+ is going to remain the same as the FX-62 at 125W.   

Now that we know what AMD has released and the details behind the launch, we can move forth and look at performance numbers!

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