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Thread: 2007 The Best value Dual-core platform~ 65nm AM2 X2 3600+ (air cooling) 3150MHz!!!




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    Default 2007 The Best value Dual-core platform~ 65nm AM2 X2 3600+ (air cooling) 3150MHz!!!

    I still remember almost a year ago. Intel was lower down the price of Pentium
    D 805 to around USD$130. Then, pair with ASUS P5LD2 motherboard, a USD
    $230 super value Dual core platform is done there.
    I brought them and also I had written a review article about that platform
    too.
    Up to now, The story almost the same but the character is AMD, not Intel
    anymore.
    AMD has also lower the price of their 3600+ and 3800+ to 75~100
    approximately.
    If you try to pair those CPU with the AM2 motherboards in market, that
    would be the Best-value dual core platform in 2007.
    AM2 X2 and Pentium D are also dual core processor with a nice price~ around USD$100.
    But, AMD has advantage of low power consumption and low temperature.
    The last version of X2 3600+ was 200x10=> 2000MHz 90nm 256K
    , then the new version has been adjusted to 200 X 9.5=> 1900MHz 65nm 512
    K After improved the poor performance of a 256K cache processor…
    now 65nm processing, it’s real attractive now. (but you still have to
    aware the version of this CPU) Besides,
    AMD launched a new processor X2 4000+, also 65nm procession
    This time, my pal wants to upgrade her computer to an X2 3800+ system.
    So, I bought some stuff for a test as well. (something I suggest, as below)
    AMD AM2 X2 3600+ (Around USD$75)
    Package: 65W low power consumption edition.


    Xander represent: please pay attention to the light blue area at lower left
    It wrote: 640KB+640KB is the 512 K cache and 65nm editions
    320KB+320KB is the 256cache edition.


    About X2 3600+, the cycle is 0653MPM
    There is a “DD” in the back of the first line, which means 65nm edition.
    The product code of 90nm should be “CU”.


    At a same platform, the most different part of a pc is CPU and motherboard.
    Here, motherboard is the key factor of a dual core platform.
    DFI INFINITY ULTRAII-M2 cost USD$90.
    The secret SLI adjustment settings, is the interesting thing beside its famous
    overclocking ability.
    Last edited by windwithme; 04-03-2007 at 10:48 AM.

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    Default Re: 2007 The Best value Dual-core platform~ 65nm AM2 X2 3600+ (air cooling) 3150MHz!!

    I adopt the mid-range ELSA Gladiac 790Gs PHS 256DT
    7900GS, the OC edition, then, pair with ZEROtherm cooler (USD$28, it’s too
    worthy). On the other hand, I suggest most of hardcore gamers can choose
    7900GS/ 1950 PRO or something higher. But if you have no such a demand of
    3D solutions, something likes 7300/ 7600 are might be your choice!!


    About memory module:

    My choice: KingMax DDRII 667 512MB x 2, cost USD$73.
    The chips are unknown, but its “OC ability” is quite good in AM2 platform.


    Kingston DDRII 667 512MB x 2(USD$73)
    It adopts the most popular chip “Hynix Y5”. I’ve seen some review report
    about this modual that the score can be reached DDRII 1000 above (seems
    all under Intel platform). In AM2 environment, when you set the FSB at 200,
    then DDRII800 1T can be run steady. But, I’m not AM2 platform to do so.
    Because when the CPU FSB has been raised up, the DRAM ratio you’d never
    set them back to normal again(cannot be reboot) Maybe this is a “single
    issue”, but I luckily experienced that… after all, I change that with KingMax
    DDRII 667, it has no problem at all.


    CORSAIR Dominator TWIN2X2048-8888C4DF
    Recently, the price of DRAM chips is quite low these days. Therefore, I like to
    use 1GB x 2 for the test. See which one’s Cost vs. performance ratio is
    higher.
    My friend’s PC is equipped with 512MB x 2 and I’ve got a pair of 1GB DDRII for
    the test. Even if this is a DDRII 1111 memory, but I’ll just run it in the test as
    KingMax DDRII 667. I mean: DDRII around 600~700 and CL4 3-3-9 in 1T.
    I think it won’t affect the result of the test.
    Last edited by windwithme; 04-03-2007 at 10:50 AM.

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    Default Re: 2007 The Best value Dual-core platform~ 65nm AM2 X2 3600+ (air cooling) 3150MHz!!

    The test system details
    CPU:AMD AM2 Athlon64 X2 3600+
    MB: DFI INFINITY ULTRAII-M2
    DRAM:CORSAIR Dominator TWIN2X2048-8888C4DF
    VGA:ELSA GLADIAC 790GS PH2 256DT
    HD:Seagate 7200.7 160GB
    POWER:Corsair HX620W Modular Power Supply
    Cooler:AMD Cooler


    Test of AMD bundled CPU cooler.
    1.36V, 297.6X9.5=>2827 MHz, 56C when “full throttle”


    1.425V,308.8X9.5=>2933Mhz, 60C when “Full Throttle”


    A new limit when changed a better cooler on a K8 65nm CPU platform.

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    Default Re: 2007 The Best value Dual-core platform~ 65nm AM2 X2 3600+ (air cooling) 3150MHz!!

    (not increase voltage) 1.296V, 312.7X9=>2814MHz, 31C when full throttle.


    PCMARK2005


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    Default Re: 2007 The Best value Dual-core platform~ 65nm AM2 X2 3600+ (air cooling) 3150MHz!!

    1.44V, 333X9=>3004MHz, 39C when full throttle.


    1.408V, 316.7X9.5=>3008 MHz, 40C when full throttle.


    PCMARK2005


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    Default Re: 2007 The Best value Dual-core platform~ 65nm AM2 X2 3600+ (air cooling) 3150MHz!!

    CINEBENCH 9.5


    If you get a good memory modual in hand, should go test the limit of this
    motherboard


    3008.7Mhz Super PI 32M


    1.456V,331.6X9.5=>3150Mhz
    Super PI 1M

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    Default Re: 2007 The Best value Dual-core platform~ 65nm AM2 X2 3600+ (air cooling) 3150MHz!!

    A brand new Dual core edition processor, AMD X2 3600+, the attractive price
    is not just the only merit of itself. Furthermore, it has a very impressive
    performance in Temperature/power consumption and OC ability. Which is
    definitely better than K8 (90nm) processors.
    AM2 can be reached 3.15G clocking with its 65nm processors at the very
    beginning.
    I hope it can do a further in performance after some days.
    On contrast, Intel’s Core 2 Duo processor has a higher performance and a
    better OC possibility, moreover, the power consumption/ temperature is
    almost the same with AM2. The price of Intel C2D CPU + 965MB is almost 1.5
    to 2 times of AM2 processors. If users have a big budget and need a higher
    performance, Intel platform still an ideal choice.
    Other reviews in near future:
    Another AM2 value mobo: MSI K9N4 SLI



    The fastest speed DDRII 1250 modual: Corsair TWIN2X2048-10000C5DF


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