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

05-23-2006 · Category: Hardware - Processors

By Doc Overclock

AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+ / FX62 CPU Review

AMD ATHLON 64 X2 5000+ PROCESSOR TECH SPECS:

Frequency / Cache Sizes: 2.6GHz w/ 512KB L2 cache-per-core (1MB total L2 per processor)
L1 Cache Sizes: 64K- L1 instruction + 64K - L1 data cache per core (256KB total L1)
CPU to Memory Controller: same as CPU core frequencies
Memory Controller:Shared integrated 128-bit wide memory controller
DDR2 Memory Supported:Up to and including PC2 6400 (800MHz) DDR-2 memory
HyperTransport Links:1
HyperTransport Spec:2GHz (2x 1000MHz / DDR)
Effective data bandwidth:20.8 GB/sec [8GB/sec HyperTransport link + 12.8GB/sec memory]
Packaging:Socket AM2 organic micro-PGA
Fab location:AMD's Fab 30 wafer fabrication facility in Dresden, Germany
Process Technology:90nm (.09-micron) Silicon on Insulator (SOI)
Approximate Transistor count:153.8 million
Approximate Die Size:183mm2
Nominal Voltage:1.30-1.35V
Max Thermal Power:89 W
Max Ambient Case Temp:55-70 degrees Celsius
Max Icc (processor current):66.2A
Min P-State (with C'n'Q)1.0 GHz
Nominal Voltage @ min -state:1.1V
Max Thermal Power @ min -state:31.0W
Max Icc @ min -state:25.5A

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

Following in the tradition of the X2 processors, the 5000+ is introduced with the same operational frequency as the last FX processor. In this case, the last processor was the FX 60, which featured core clocks of 2.6GHz, which are now considered standard with the 5000+. The only differences between the 5000+ and the FX60 then are the locking of upward multipliers, reduction of thermal output via a lowered voltage, the induction of AMD's own brand of Virtualization Technology, and most substantially, the inclusion of a new memory controller intended to support DDR2.

Though the first two changes are nothing new - things we have seen since the days of the FX-51, and the voltage reductions placing chips in line with the core voltages of Venice chips, the last two additions are both new points. Users should take note that in order to utilize DDR2 to it's fullest potential, the best course to heightened performance will come from utilizing an X2 or FX class processor, as they support DDR2-800 natively, while single core and Sempron chips below can only take advantage of DDR2-667, prior to overclocking that is. Apart from this feature, X2 and standard Athlon 64 M2 processors will be identical on the core level.

Also available are lower voltage parts, which will operate at 65W, as well as 35W chips, for small form factor applications. 65W operation will be designated by an O at the end of the product code, and 35W chips will be marked with a D. While many users will opt for regular models, 35W chips are likely to be popular amongst the enthusiast crowd, where lower voltages have meant higher overclocks in the past. This will also help alleviate heat issues due to the high-power requirements of the standard CPUs and could help substantiate the silent PC market