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Athlon 64 X2 Test System

AMD's Dual Core Athlon 64 X2 Strikes Hard
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AMD provided us with a complete test platform for our evaluation. It is based on an Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe motherboard using NVIDIA’s nForce4 chipset. The Athlon 64 X2 4800+ was pre-installed together with a pair of 512 MB DDR400 low-latency DIMMs by Corsair.

NVIDIA nForce4 SLI

The A8N-SLI is one of the most attractive motherboards right now as it supports a wide processor range - including dual cores now, obviously - and features PCI Express dual graphics with optional SLI, dual Gigabit Ethernet and an additional Serial ATA II RAID chip.

CL2-2-2-5 DImms By Corsair

Corsair’s 3200XL Pro series is quite interesting, as it combines the lowest latency chips and comes with DDR activity LEDs on top of the modules. Although multiple vendors offer CL2.0-2-2-5 memory today, Corsair can be considered a safe choice due to the company’s long experience with enthusiast-grade memory.

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