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Does AMD's Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Have Any Kick Left?
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Motherboard
AMD Socket AM2
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe, Rev.1.03G
NVIDIA nForce5, BIOS : 0504 (06/14/2006)
AMD Socket 939
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe, Rev. 1.01
NVIDIA nForce4, Bios : 1103 (01/02/2006)
Intel Socket 775
Asus P5W DH Deluxe, Rev. 1.02G
Intel 975X (C0), Bios : 0065 (06/16/2006)
RAM
RAM I (Intel)
Corsair CM2X1024-6400C4 XMS6404v1.1
2x 1024 MB DDR2-800 (CL 4.0-4-4-8)
RAM II (AMD)
Corsair CM2X1024-6400C3 XMS6403v1.1
2x 1024 MB DDR2-800 (CL 4.0-4-4-8 1T)
RAM III (AMD 4x4)
Corsair CM2X512-8500 XMS8505v1.1
4 x512 MB DDR2-800 (CL 4.0-4-4-8 1T)
Hard Drive
HDD I (read)
Western Digital WD1500ADFD
150 GB 10,000 RPM, 16 MB cache, SATA/150
HDD II (write)
Western Digital WD1500ADFD
150 GB 10,000 RPM, 16 MB cache, SATA/150
DVD-ROM
DVD-ROM
Samsung SH-D163A (16/48-speed), SATA/150
Graphics
Graphics Card
Gigabyte GV-RX19X512VB-RH
ATI Radeon X1900XTX, 512 MB GDDR4, PCI Express x16
Sound
Sound Card
Terratec Aureon 7.1 Space
PSU
Power Supply Unit
PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 510
ATX 2.01, 510 Watt
Power Supply Unit for Multi-GPU Setups
PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 850 SSI
ATX 2.01, 850 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
nForce Driver 9.34
Platform Drivers Intel
Intel Chipset Installation Utility 8.0.1.1002 (06/06/2006)
Graphics Driver
ATI Catalyst 6.5 (8.252-060503a-032464C-ATI)

Benchmarks And Settings

Benchmarks and Settings
3D-Games
Call of Duty 2 Version : 1.30
Video Mode : 1024x768
Anti-aliasing : off
Shadows : no
timedemo demo2
F.E.A.R. 1024x768
Audio
iTunes 6 Version : 6.0.4.2
Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min
Convert wav to aac
Video
XviD 1.1.0 Version : 1.1.0 Beta 3
Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0 Version : 2.0
Applications
WinRAR Version 3.60
(303 MB, 47 Files, 2 Folders)
Compression = Best
Dictionary = 4096 kB
Adobe Acrobat 7 Professional Version : 7.0.8
Microsoft Office Word 2003 Version : 11.6568.6568 SP2
Adobe PDF-Maker
950 pages Word file to PDF
Encryption Level : High (128-bit RC4)
Conversion Settings : High Quality Print
Synthetic Benchmarks
PCMark05 Pro Version : 1.1.0
CPU and Memory Tests
Windows Media Player 10.00.00.3646
Windows Media Encoder 9.00.00.2980

As you read on, you’ll find benchmark results for the new Athlon 64 X2 6000+, the 5600+, the 65 nm 5000+, and Intel’s Core 2 Extreme and Core 2 Duo family. However, we did not include many more processor models, in the interests of keeping the charts as easy to understand as possible. We do have a recommendation for you in case you are looking for broader benchmark comparison across more processor models : the best place to compare CPU performance is our Interactive CPU Charts service, which you can find here.

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