AMD's Energy Efficient Processors: 4600+ and 3800+ :: Introduction

09-12-2006 · Category: Hardware - Processors

By Benjamin Sun

Our computing industry has been in a constant state of increasing performance, more features and increasing power consumption and temperatures. It's gotten so bad that the Intel Prescott is known as the Presshot in some circles. The Intel 955 Extreme Edition CPU barely worked, and when it did, the temperature readings in the BIOS were in the high 60s to 70s, near the thermal limits of the CPU.

With all the hubbub about the recent merger announcement of AMD and ATI its sometimes hard to remember that AMD has launched a slew of new CPUs in the last two months, the Socket AM2 FX-62, the 5000+ and various other replacements for the Socket 939 CPUs, and the Energy Efficient CPUs. With the launch of the Intel Core 2 CPUs, AMD's CPUs have taken a back seat in terms of performance in most areas.

But the fastest isn't always the best in all cases. One of the big pushes in the computing industry today is the Green initiative. Saving energy and the environment is important and every company in the computer industry is pushing forward their own Green initiatives. Today I'm reviewing the AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ and the AMD Athlon X2 3800+, two of AMD's new energy efficient CPUs.