After months of waiting AMD enthusiasts finally have another option available for their processor selection — Socket 939. As of today, AMD is releasing the following four processors:
AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 (939-pin)
AMD Athlon 64 3800+ (939-pin)
AMD Athlon 64 3700+ (754-pin)
AMD Athlon 64 3500+ (939-pin)
Although these processors are based on a new socket and core design there really isn’t that much that has changes. The memory controller is still on the die, but the socket 939 processors do not require you to use registered memory in your system. By running standard unbuffered moduleswe are expecting to see a performance gain in the memory bandwidth along with lower memory pricing. One of the other major changes is the HyperTransport link has been bumped from 800MHz to 1GHz. This increase translates into an increase from 6.4 GB/s to 8 GB/s on the HT bandwidth. Now that you know what is coming out today and what the major changes are we can look at the CPU we are testing today — the 3800+ (939-pin).
With the processors flipped over it can be noticed that the 939 pin processor is indeed missing one pin, but also has the pins arranged differently.
Everything looks good when viewing the processor under CPU-Z version 1.22!
Now that you know what processor we are looking at and how this is just a basic speed increase let’s take a look at some real numbers!