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

Synthetic Benchmarks

We begin the synthetics with 3DMark Vantage:

Indeed, the stock Athlon II X3 435 looks to perform very closely to the Phenom II X3 720. This synthetic benchmark is multithreaded, so the Athlon II X4 620 shows its quad core strength, although when overclocked to 3.77 GHz the Athlon II X3 435 takes the lead.

PCMark's system score doesn't care much for shared cache, but its productivity benchmark seems to take L3 cache into account.

SiSoft Sandra seems to respond to clock speed and the number of CPU cores rather than L3 cache.

The synthetic benchmarks seem to favor the Athlon II X3 435 as a viable alternative to the more expensive Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition. Let's see if the actual application benchmarks bear this out.

  • 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 ?