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A Look At AMD's Socket AM2 Platform

Benchmark Results

Please note that all of our benchmark results were obtained using pre-production processors that did not yet support full DDR2-800 speed. Thus, the results show the basic performance difference between current Socket 939 systems at DDR400 speed and ideal CL2.0-2-2-5 1T timings, versus DDR2-667 at average CL4-4-4-12 timings.

This clearly cannot be seen as a direct performance comparison between the Socket 939 and the upcoming Socket AM2 platform, and does not reflect the final product's performance. Still, the results help us understand that DDR2-800 is required in order to match or slightly exceed the performance levels available with Athlon 64 architecture on DDR400 memory.