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Product: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Processor
Company: AMD
Website: http://www.amd.com
Estimated Street Price: $696
Review By: Byron Hinson

Conclusion

Table Of Contents
1: Introduction
2: Setup and Components
3: Installation
4: SiSoft Sandra
5: Windows Performance
6: Windows Vista
7: Half Life 2: Lost Coast
8: Doom 3
9: F.E.A.R.
10: 3D Mark 2006
11: CineBench 9.5

12: Conclusion
Now that AMD has finally released the new Socket AM2 boards and integrated DDR2 into their chipsets we were not too surprised to see that there wasn't a major speed advantage over the older Socket 939 boards. The on-board DDR2 memory controller does however, provide very low DDR2 latency that can't be matched by anyone right now. Also the good news is that this launch comes at the right time to purchase DDR2 memory with dropping prices on high performance chips that really improve the general speed of your PC.

The big question everyone had before the AM2 processors were release was do they manage to overtake the Socket 939 boards in terms of performance? Well the answer is unfortunately no, yes it does provide high memory bandwidth, but this doesn't really increase the performance in real world tests that we have run, with some AM2 processors running against the equivalent Socket 939 chip at almost the same performance levels. But the good thing is that if you are building a new PC with upgradeability in mind, you should go with the AM2 board, it has a future in front of it and there is no real reason to go back to the older Socket 939 boards unless you have a much smaller budget. The AM2 based processors also offer much lower power consumption and are all Energy Efficient, running at much lower wattage when compared to any identical Socket 939 chip. This may not mean much to some people, but to me, I want my machines running as efficiently as possible and not only does the AM2 do that, it also runs much cooler than 939 chips do. The best example of this is that the 6000+ X2 consumes just over 100W TDP, which is much lower than an Intel Pentium D 840 that consumes a massive 130W.

The AMD processors can't touch the latest Intel ones right now in terms of performance, but energy saving is still very good as is the pricing.

Final Comments

How It Grades
Installation: 92%
Performance: 94%
Manual: 91%
Gaming Performance: 93%
Windows Performance: 92%
Price: 85%
Overall: 92%

The 6000+ X2 processor is an excellent chip, it works perfectly and the speed when using Windows Vista is just what we need right now. It performs better than the top range 939 FX processor as well as costing slightly less. AMD are losing ground on Intel though which is a shame when they had been doing so well in the past, but the pricing of the processor is good and it is cheap enough to appeal to those who don't have a high budget.

So my final verdict? The 6000+ X2 processor has an excellent low-latency DDR2 memory controller, it's the right time to move to DDR2 memory. The low power consumption and the means for over clocking without over heating your new chip is a must. The performance in Windows Vista is also very promising with some very good results in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions, it is just a shame that the 64-bit OS offers no advantages.

The AMD Athlon X2 6000+ is nothing that will set the world alight, but it does manage to start to bridge the gap that Intel has moved ahead with. My guess is that this will be one of the last big speed updates until AMD release their next major processor update later in the year. I can't really find any negatives, the 6000 is priced just right and the performance is great in Windows Vista.

Big thanks to AMD for helping us out.

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Specs & Package
Overall Score 90%
Version Reviewed AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+
Release Date Out Now
In The Box? Processor
Heatsink
The Good Points Speed
Low Power Consumption
Great for gaming
64-Bit
Virus Protection
Future proof
The Bad Points Price
Windows Vista still lacks drivers

 

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