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Product: AMD Athlon 64 3800
Company: AMD
Estimated Street Price: $500
Review By: Byron Hinson

Setup & Components

Table Of Contents
1: Introduction
2: Setup and Components
3: More Details
4: Installation
5: Windows Performance
6: Half Life 2
7: Doom 3
8: Farcry
9: X2: The Threat
10: 3D Mark 2003
11: Conclusion

When the board arrived from AMD a few weeks ago, it already came with the 3800+ processor installed onto it. The board is the Asus AV8 Deluxe, which comes with AGP X8, Serial ATA, 8.1 Surround Sound and more. It is an excellent board and perfect for our first review of an AMD 939 Processor. The test system we are using for our first ever AMD review is as follows:

  • AMD Athlon 64 3800+ Processor
  • Asus AV8 Deluxe Motherboard
  • 1GB DDR Corsair Memory
  • Western Digital 80 GB IDE 7200 RPM Hard Drive
  • ATI X800 Pro 256mb Graphics Card
  • Sony CD-RW
  • Sony DVD-ROM 16x
  • Viewsonic VP171s 17" Flatscreen Monitor

For future reviews our system will be getting better but this is our starting block. Our reviews will cover the mainstay - Windows performance along with benchmarks and information from a range of programs that many of our readers will use such as Doom 3, Farcry, 3D Mark 2003 and more.

Processor Specifications

L1 Cache Size: 64KB data + 64KB instruction = 128KB Total
L2 Cache Size: 512KB "Newcastle" core
CPU Core Frequency: 2.40GHz for 3800+
CPU to Memory Controller: 2.40GHz for 3800+
Memory Controller: Integrated 128-bit wide memory controller
Types of Memory: PC1600, PC2100, PC2700, and PC3200 DDR memory
HyperTransport Links: 1
HyperTransport Spec: 2GHz
Effective data bandwidth: Up to 14.4 GB/sec (8GB/sec HyperTransport bandwidth plus 6.4GB/sec memory bandwidth)
Packaging: 939-pin organic micro-PGA
Fab location: AMD's Fab 30
Process Technology: 130nm (.13-micron) Silicon on Insulator (SOI)
Approximate Transistor count: 68.5 million
Approximate Die Size: 144mm2
Nominal Voltage: 1.50 V
Max Ambient Case Temp: 70 degrees Celsius
Max Thermal Power: 89 W (Maximum Thermal Output)

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