In 2006, the desktop processor race once again became interesting as Intel successfully took away the performance crown from AMD. While AMD doesn’t deny the lead by Intel they have broken their silence and believes that 2007 will be the year of their comeback. When AMD announced the Athlon 64 FX-62 processor back in May of 2006, little did we know that it would remain the fastest socket AM2 processor thanks to it’s 2.8GHz clock speed. Nearly nine months later AMD has launched a faster socket AM2 processor called the AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+. This processor is clocked at 3.0GHz and other than the increased multiplier that allows the 200MHz speed bump, it has no other changes architecturally speaking.
Other than launching the Athlon 64 X2 6000+ processor, AMD is also bringing to market a pair of energy-efficient 45-watt AMD Athlon 64 single-core processors called the 3500+ and 3800+. The new energy-efficient AMD Athlon 64 processors 3500+ and 3800+ are based on their recent 65nm process. Today, Legit Reviews will be focused on covering just the 6000+ as it’s the processor we have in our hands. Let’s take a closer look at the specifications.
Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Specifications
|Clock Speed||3.0GHz (15 x 200MHz)|
|Manufacturing Process||Dresden Fab 30 and 36, 90-nm DSL SOI|
|Packaging||Socket AM2 (940-pins)|
|Hypertransport Technology||Supports single HT link – up to 8.0GB/sec|
|Memory controller||Shared integrated 128-bit wide|
|Supported memory speeds||DDR2 Memory up to and including DDR2-800 unbuffered|
|HyperTransport spec||2.0GHz (2x1000MHz/DDR)|
|Memory bandwidth||Up to 20.8GB/sec (8.0GB/sec Hypertransport+12.8GB/sec dual-channel memory)|
|L1 cache size||64K instruction + 64K data|
|L2 cache size||1MB L2 cache per core (1MB total)|
|Approximate transistor count||227.4 million|
|Approximate die size||218mm2|
|Max thermal power||125W|
|Max ambient case temp||55-63 degrees Celsius|
|Min power state (with CnC)||1.0GHz|
|Distributor Pricing (in quantities of 1,000)||$459|
The AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ has 1MB of L2 cache per core and is still manufactured on the 90nm process, so in terms of energy efficiency and overclocking it should have the same characteristics that AMD users have become accustomed to. By remaining on the 90nm process it makes for an easy upgrade to exisiting motherboards as a BIOS upgrade is not required and th 90nm processors have lower memory latency over the new 65nm parts.
Let’s take a look at pricing!