AM2: AMD Reinvents Itself

Heatsinks: Things Gets Louder, Continued

The new model is still held in place by two clips, which are hung on the lugs on the retention module. AMD has also improved the safety catch: it has been completely overhauled, and can no longer break off as often happened with the old heatsinks.

Securing the heatsink on Socket AM2: finally, no more breakage!

There are quite a few of these safety catches lying around broken at the THG lab in Munich.

The new AM2 heatsink from AVC weighs 445 grams, making it lighter than the old Socket 939 heatsink (486 grams).

What's annoying is the far greater noise levels coming from the small fan, which slowly but surely is starting to match the volume produced by the Intel boxed heatsink. If a case is badly ventilated it soon starts roaring so loudly that it is impossible to concentrate on work; this wasn't an issue with the old heatsink. We recommend buying an after-market heatsink.

As with the Intel models, AMD now also features the four-pole plug for connecting the heatsink. This means that AMD boards now also offer much more precise fan control based on pulse width modulation (PWM). However, the boxed heatsink delivered by AMD still doesn't have a matching plug, leaving users without this function, at least for the time being.

The socket already uses the four-pole design, but the heatsink is still not up to the latest standards.

Despite the almost identical dissipation levels of the top CPUs, AMD still uses the four-pole plug for the CPU power supply.

At CPU performances of up to 125 W, some manufacturers - in this case Biostar - now use 8 pins.
  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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