AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+ / FX62 CPU Review :: Introduction

05-23-2006 · Category: Hardware - Processors

By Doc Overclock

It seems that every year we see a new batch of CPU contestants from both the AMD and Intel camps. Traditionally they are seen to be bringing new toys at the holiday season and once again at the second quarter. There have been many changes in the last year and now that the high-end desktop and workstation arena is saying sayonara to single core solutions, the dual-core era has arrived in full bloom for both AMD and Intel. For now the desktop environment consists of the Presler and later this year the Conroe class CPUs, which are all based on dual-core architecture. The mobile market will also go dual-core with the release of the Meron CPU by Q4 2006, thus eliminating single core solutions for all but low end development platforms and making Dual-Core the Status Quo for all major platforms across the board.


AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+ / FX62 CPU Review

AMD has pretty much cornered up the gamers and enthusiasts market since the release of their FX series of CPUs and actually have started to make serious headway as far as sales are concerned all around. After hearing all the hoopla circling around the rumors of the FX57 being milestones faster than the FX60 I was surprised to see that the rumors are invalid and the only small performance gain seen with the FX57 was in gaming and insignificant in the real world computing experience. 2005 really was a year dominated by AMD in the desktop arena and 2006 seems to being going that way as well, but still Intel has a hold on the server and mobile market meaning AMD still has work to do and Intel needs to reinvent their wheel if they want to take back some of the desktop market share. Prices on high-end CPUs have gone through the roof and even AMD and Intel's PR reps can barely afford to use the word affordable when it comes to talking enthusiasts aimed CPUs.


AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+ / FX62 CPU Review

AMD goes back to the Socket 940 design for their latest CPUs and they take their platform into the DDR2 ring as well, making the playing field for all major desktop platforms a DDR2 arena across the board. This shows AMD taking strides in the right direction, as DDR2 potentially has much better performance ability than standard DDR and this is the sweet spot in the industry as far as manufacturers are concerned, as well as where all the research and development is being aimed at. I was actually surprised that Intel has not contacted the media with talk of their latest CPU when AMD has just released their latest gambit, usually we at least get a paper launch CPU that keeps the fuels of competition burning, but alas that's not the case this launch round. NVIDIA hot on the heels of all the chipset makers introduces their new Nforce5 590/570/550 chipset motherboards that have made advancements in their design to be even more efficient and performance oriented than anything the competition currently has to offer.


AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+ / FX62 CPU Review