Athlon II X3 435: AMD's Three-Core, 2.9 GHz, $87 Triple-Threat

Game Benchmarks

We put Far Cry 2, Crysis, and World in Conflict: Soviet Assault through their paces on these CPUs to see if there are any appreciable differences in performance. This time, we used a Radeon HD 4890 at 1920x1200 to gauge whether the CPUs would affect frame rates, or if they'd be bottlenecked by the graphics card.

As you can see, there are indeed notable differences between the CPUs here. But we suspect the overclocked Athlon II X3 435 is hitting a graphics card bottleneck in some cases. As we concluded in our $100 Gaming CPU article, with these low-end AMD CPUs trading clock speed for CPU cores, performance tends to be somewhat similar across the board.

Once you consider consistency for the dollar however, the stock Athlon X3 435 looks very attractive indeed compared to its Phenom II X3 720 cousin.

  • wintermint
    AMD CPUs been appealing to budget builders lately :)
  • invlem
    I think my HTPC just found its new processor, been running a 5200+ for the last while
  • ominous prime
    AMD is really thriving in the budget sector, I wonder how the i3's will affect the market. I hope AMD can get back to head to head with Intel on the high end though.
  • rdawise
    Smart move by AMD by attacking the budget crowd (especially around the holiday season). I am surprised how well this thing did against the X2 550! Seems like a good candidate for a budget gaming/multipurpose build. Any release dates available (for NewEgg)?
  • tacoslave
    this is awesome but (and its a big one) i kinda wanted to see something that pwns intels core i7 in everything. Kind of like what they are doing in the graphics department but total domination. How long will i wait!!!
  • lemonade4

    2 cores 2 threads?
  • JonathanDeane
    3 cores at almost 3Ghz for this cheap? Hmmm not a huge AMD fan but this is plenty of CPU for most people. I would snap one up if I was building a system right now.
  • DokkRokken
    That's one impressive little chip! Pair this with a 770 chipset and you'd have the basis for a cheap and cheerful gaming PC!
  • cleeve
    lemonade4 0Stock.jpg2 cores 2 threads?
    Aha! Thanks for catching that. After I had done the testing I was playing around with disabling CPU cores in the OS, and I forgot to turn them back on to take the screenshot. Fixed!
  • sonofliberty08
    did the disable core of Athlon II X3 435 can be unlock ?