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AM2: AMD Reinvents Itself
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System Hardware
Socket 775 Processors Intel Pentium EE 965
(Presler 65 nm, 3.73 GHz, 2x 2 MB L2 Cache)
Intel Pentium EE 955
(Presler 65 nm, 3.46 GHz, 2x 2 MB L2 Cache)
Intel Pentium D 950
(Presler 90 nm, 3.40 GHz, 2x 2 MB L2 Cache)
Intel Pentium D 940
(Presler 90 nm, 3.20 GHz, 2x 2 MB L2 Cache)
Intel Pentium D 930
(Presler 90 nm, 3.00 GHz, 2x 2 MB L2 Cache)
Intel Pentium D 920
(Presler 90 nm, 2.80 GHz, 2x 2 MB L2 Cache)
Intel Pentium EE 840
(Smithfield 90 nm, 3.20 GHz, 2x 1 MB L2 Cache)
Intel Pentium D 840
(Smithfield 90 nm, 3.20 GHz, 2x 1 MB L2 Cache)
Intel Pentium D 830
(Smithfield 90 nm, 3.00 GHz, 2x 1 MB L2 Cache)
Intel Pentium D 820
(Smithfield 90 nm, 2.80 GHz, 2x 1 MB L2 Cache)
Intel Pentium 4 EE 3.72
(Prescott 90 nm, 3.72 GHz, 2 MB L2 Cache)
Intel Pentium 4 EE 3.46
(Gallatin 130 nm, 3.46 GHz, 512 kB L2 Cache, 2 MB L3 Cache)
Intel Pentium 4 EE 3.40
(Gallatin 130 nm, 3.40 GHz, 512 kB L2 Cache, 2 MB L3 Cache)
Intel Pentium 4 670
(Prescott 90 nm, 3.80 GHz, 1 MB L2 Cache)
Socket 939 Processors AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+
(Toledo 90 nm, 2.40 GHz, 2x 1 MB L2 Cache)
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+
(Manchester 90 nm, 2.40 GHz, 2x 215 kB L2 Cache)
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+
(Toledo 90 nm, 2.20 GHz, 2x 1 MB L2 Cache)
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+
(Manchester 90 nm, 2.20 GHz, 2x 215 kB L2 Cache)
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+
(Manchester 90 nm, 2.00 GHz, 2x 215 kB L2 Cache)
AMD Athlon 64 FX-60
(Toledo 90 nm, 2.60 GHz, 2x 1 MB L2 Cache)
AMD Athlon 64 FX-57
(San Diego 90 nm, 2.80 GHz, 1 MB L2 Cache)
AMD Athlon 64 FX-55
(San Diego 90 nm, 2.60 GHz, 1 MB L2 Cache)
AMD Athlon 64 FX-55
(Clawhammer 130 nm, 2.60 GHz, 1 MB L2 Cache)
Socket AM2 Processors AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+
(Windsor 90 nm, 2.60 GHz, 2x 215 kB L2 Cache)
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+
(Windsor 90 nm, 2.40 GHz, 2x 1 MB L2 Cache)
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+
(Windsor 90 nm, 2.40 GHz, 2x 215 kB L2 Cache)
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+
(Toledo 90 nm, 2.20 GHz, 2x 1 MB L2 Cache)
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+
(Windsor 90 nm, 2.20 GHz, 2x 215 kB L2 Cache)
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+
(Windsor 90 nm, 2.00 GHz, 2x 1 MB L2 Cache)
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+
(Windsor 90 nm, 2.00 GHz, 2x 215 kB L2 Cache)
AMD Athlon 64 FX-62
(Windsor 90 nm, 2.80 GHz, 2x 1 MB L2 Cache)
AMD Platform ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe (Socket 939), Rev. 1.01
NVIDIA nForce4 SLI X16, BIOS 8060
AMD Platform II ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe (Socket AM2), Rev. 1.03G
NVIDIA nForce5 SLI X16
Intel Platform Asus P5WD2-E Premium (Socket 775), Rev. 1.01G
Intel 975X, BIOS 0304
Intel Platform II Intel D975XBX (Socket 775), Rev. AA
Intel 975X, BIOS BX97510J.86A.0807.2006.0314.1158
RAM I Corsiar CM2X512-8500
2x 512 MB DDR2-800 (400 MHz, CL 4.0-4-4-8)
RAM II GEIL GLX1 GB3200DC
2x 512 MB DDR-400 (200 MHz, CL 2.0-2-2-5, 1T)
RAM III Corsiar CM2X1024-6400C4 XMS6404v1.1 (SLI-Memory)
2x 1024 MB DDR2-800 (400 MHz, CL 4.0-4-4-12)
Hard Drive I Western Digital WD160
160 GB, 7,200 rpm, 8 MB Cache, SATA150
Hard Drive II Western Digital WD160
160 GB, 7,200 rpm, 8 MB Cache, SATA150
DVD-ROM Gigabyte GO-D1600C (16x)
Graphics Card Gigabyte GV-NX78X256V-B (PCI Express)
Graphics Card
Sound Card Terratec Aureon 7.1 Space (PCI)
96.00 kHz sample rate
AMD Networking Nforce 5 Network Controller
Intel Networking Marvell 88E8001 PCI-Express Gb controller
Power Supply PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 510, ATX 2.01, 510 Watt
System Software & Drivers
OS Windows XP Professional 5.10.2600, Service Pack 2
DirectX Version 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
Platform Drivers AMD NVIDIA nForce4 6.82 AMD Edition
Platform Drivers Intel Intel 7.2.2.1006
Graphics Driver NVIDIA ForceWare 81.95
Summary
  1. The AMD Generation Comes Of Age
  2. New Socket AM2 With DDR2
  3. Memory Speed: Socket AM2 Vs. Socket 939
  4. Write Performance
  5. Write Performance, Continued
  6. Write Performance, Continued
  7. Memory Speed: AMD Vs. Intel
  8. Memory Speed: AMD Vs. Intel, Continued
  9. The Divider Problem
  10. DDR2 SLI Memory: 10.3 GB Per Second
  11. Automatically Overclocking SLI Memory
  12. Automatically Overclocking SLI Memory, Continued
  13. All New AM2 Processors
  14. The New Socket AM2 With 940 Pins
  15. New Retention Module Requires New Heatsink
  16. Low Dissipation Guaranteed
  17. New Energy-efficient Processors
  18. Heatsinks: Things Gets Louder, Continued
  19. Features: Virtualization And TCPA
  20. Price Comparison: AMD More Expensive Than Intel
  21. Motherboards
  22. Gigabyte
  23. Epox
  24. The New nForce5 Chipset For AM2
  25. LAN Interface With 2 Gbit/s
  26. Test Setup
  27. Benchmarks And Settings
  28. Benchmarks Socket 939 Vs. Socket AM2
  29. Games - DirectX
  30. Games - DirectX, Continued
  31. Video
  32. Video, Continued
  33. Video, Continued
  34. Video, Continued
  35. Audio
  36. Applications
  37. Applications, Continued
  38. Applications, Continued
  39. Multitasking, Continued
  40. Synthetic Benchmarks
  41. Synthetic Benchmarks, Continued
  42. Synthetic Benchmarks, Continued
  43. Synthetic Benchmarks, Continued
  44. Synthetic Benchmarks, Continued
  45. Evaluating The Benchmark Scores
  46. Athlon 64 X2: Now Somewhat Slower
  47. Benchmarks AMD Vs. Intel
  48. Games - DirectX
  49. Games - DirectX, Continued
  50. Video, Continued
  51. Audio
  52. Applications
  53. Applications, Continued
  54. Multitasking
  55. Synthetic Benchmarks
  56. Synthetic Benchmarks, Continued
  57. Synthetic Benchmarks, Continued
  58. Synthetic Benchmarks, Continued
  59. Synthetic Benchmarks, Continued
  60. Synthetic Benchmarks, Continued
  61. AMD Athlon 64 FX-62 Vs. Intel Extreme Edition 965
  62. Conclusion: Good Energy Efficiency, But A Bad Value For Money
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