AMD Processors

AMD Athlon X2

This is AMD's dual core, DDR2 support bottom of the range offering using Socket AM2 motherboards. Previously in Socket 939 format several years back these weree the ones to buy at the time but now they have really been overtaken and are past their prime.

These processors are probably sited somewhere between Intels Celeron and Pentium range in terms of performance.

If you are planning on overclocking then you would be better off going for an Intel celeron or Pentium at around the same price.

These are probably only worth considering if you already own a Socket AM2 motherboard or you are purchasing very cheaply.

Bang for buck? Go for the Intel E5200 over the Athlon X2.

Some example Athlon X2's

Athlon X2 4850e Socket AM2 2.5GHz 2 core 2 x Level 1 cache at 128KB and 2 x Level 2 cache at 512KB

Athlon X2 5050e Socket AM2 2.6GHz 2 core 2 x Level 1 cache at 128KB and 2 x Level 2 cache at 512KB

Athlon X2 5400+ Socket AM2 2.8GHz 2 core 2 x Level 1 cache at 128KB and 2 x Level 2 cache at 512KB

Athlon X2 5600+ Socket AM2 2.9GHz 2 core 2 x Level 1 cache at 128KB and 2 x Level 2 cache at 512KB

Athlon X2 6000+ Socket AM2 3.1GHz 2 core 2 x Level 1 cache at 128KB and 2 x Level 2 cache at 512KB

Athlon X2 7750 Black Edition Socket AM2+ 2.7GHz 2 core 2 x Level 1 cache at 128KB, 2 x Level 2 cache at 512KB and Level 3 cache at 2MB

AMD Phenom X3

These processors differ from most by sporting 3 cores.

Based on a 65nm process and with high power consumption.

They have fairly low clock speeds and you may be better off buying an Athlon X2 or low range Intel Core 2 Duo.

Cache is configured in 3 levels as per the Phenom X4 Series with 512KB of Level 2 per core and shared 2MB Level 3 cache.

A few example Athlon Phenom X3's

Phenom X3 8450 Socket AM2+ 2.1GHz 3 core 2 x Level 1 cache at 128KB, 2 x Level 2 cache at 512KB and 2MB Level 3 cache

Phenom X3 8650 Socket AM2+ 2.3GHz 3 core 2 x Level 1 cache at 128KB, 2 x Level 2 cache at 512KB and 2MB Level 3 cache

Phenom X3 8750 Socket AM2+ 2.4GHz 3 core 2 x Level 1 cache at 128KB, 2 x Level 2 cache at 512KB and 2MB Level 3 cache

Phenom X3 8750 Black Edition Socket AM2+ 2.4GHz 3 core 2 x Level 1 cache at 128KB, 2 x Level 2 cache at 512KB and 2MB Level 3 cache

AMD Phenom X4

The Phenom X4 has, as its name suggests, four cores and is built using the 65nm process.

These baby's are a vast improvement over the Phenom X3 range though they do exhibit high power consumption.

Our advice would be to pay a little bit extra for the AMD Phenom II X4 Series.

Some Athlon Phenom X4's

Phenom X4 9350e Socket AM2+ 2.0GHz 4 core 4 x Level 1 cache at 128KB, 4 x Level 2 cache at 512KB and 2MB Level 3 cache

Phenom X4 9750 Socket AM2+ 2.4GHz 4 core 4 x Level 1 cache at 128KB, 4 x Level 2 cache at 512KB and 2MB Level 3 cache

Phenom X4 9850 Socket AM2+ 2.5GHz 4 core 4 x Level 1 cache at 128KB, 4 x Level 2 cache at 512KB and 2MB Level 3 cache

Phenom X4 9950 Socket AM2+ 2.9GHz 4 core 4 x Level 1 cache at 128KB, 4 x Level 2 cache at 512KB and 2MB Level 3 cache

AMD Phenom II X3

These AMD Processors are a significant improvement over the Phenom X3 processors.

They exhibit good performance and are also easy to overclock.

Again the processor is based upon 3 cores and uses the AM3 Socket motherboards and DDR3 memory.

Performance is good falling somewhere midway in the Intel Core 2 Duo range. Again, its somewhat down to the use of the PC.

In video editing etc the third core may prove to be worth having whilst for gamers you may be better off with the Intel Core 2 Duo equivalent.

Based upon the 45nm process the processor is capable of being overclocked considerably should you so wish.

Sample processor

Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition Socket AM3 2.80GHz 3 core 3 x Level 1 cache at 128KB, 3 x Level 2 cache at 512KB and Level 3 cache at 6MB

AMD Phenom II X4

A four core processor using the 45nm process consuming less power and allowing higher clock frequencies for the same power supply current draw.

Phenom II Series processors will generally run cooler whilst attaining a higher frequency of operation.

Cache Level 3 has increased to treble that of the Phenom X4 Series.

The proceesor is well suited to video encoding and general multithreading tasks such as 3D rendering etc.

The 940 Black Edition is a great performer and can be easily overclocked for great gaming performance.

Overall, the processor is an enormous improvement over the Phenom X4 Series.

Sample processors

Phenom II X4 810 AM3 2.860GHz 4 core 4 x Level 1 cache at 128KB, 4 x Level 2 cache at 512KB and Level 3 cache at 4MB

Phenom II X4 920 Socket AM2+ 2.80GHz 4 core 4 x Level 1 cache at 128KB, 4 x Level 2 cache at 512KB and Level 3 cache at 6MB

Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition Socket AM2+ 3.00GHz 3 core 4 x Level 1 cache at 128KB, 4 x Level 2 cache at 512KB and Level 3 cache at 6MB

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