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The AMD Athlon X2 4850e Processor

The processor we will be using today for testing is brand new and is the latest edition to the AMD line of 45-watt dual-core desktop CPUs (AMD Athlon X2 BE-2300, BE-2350 and BE-2400). At 2.5GHz, it’s quite an able CPU for such a low power threshold and should prove a good choice for those who need to build a home theater PC or for those who want a quiet and efficient, yet capable desktop. AMD informed LR to expect availability shortly after launch with price of $89 U.S., which means it is priced right as the AMD BE-2400 is selling today for $109.99 plus shipping.

AMD 4850e Processor

You might be wondering why the AMD Athlon X2 4850e has a model number that is different than the other 45-watt dual-cores. This is a good question and AMD claims it was done after they listened to customer feedback. AMD feels the new model number convention blends in better with the model numbers of the standard line of X2 processors, conveying relative performance while still designating the new processor as a special energy-efficient variant. AMD does not plan at this time to retroactively change the model numbers of the existing “BE” 45-watt dual-core processors.


  • Processor: energy efficient AMD Athlon X2 4850e dual-core processor
  • Core Count: 2
  • Operating Frequency: 2.5GHz
  • Processor Voltage: 1.250V
  • L1 Cache Size: 64K – L1 instruction + 64K – L1 data cache per-core (256KB total L1)
  • L2 Cache Size: 512KB L2 data cache per-core (1MB total dedicated L2 cache)
  • Manufactured: Fab 36 / Dresden, Germany
  • Process Technology: 65-nanometer DSL SOI (silicon-on-insulator) technology
  • Packaging: Socket AM2 (940-pin organic micro PGA)
  • HyperTransport Spec: One 16-bit/16-bit link @ 2.0GHz (1GHz DDR) full duplex (up to 8.0 GB/sec bandwidth)
  • Memory Controller: One integrated 128-bit dual-channel memory controller (up to 12.8GB/sec bandwidth)
  • Supported Memory Speeds: DDR 2 memory up to and including PC2 6400 (DDR2-800) unbuffered Total
  • Processor bandwidth: Up to 20.8 GB/sec
  • Approximate Transistor count: 221 million
  • Approximate Die Size: 118 mm2
  • Nominal Voltage: 1.15/1.20/1.25 V
  • Max Thermal Power: 45W
  • Max Ambient Case Temp: 78o Celsius
  • Max Processor Current: 36.5 A



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