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

Application Benchmarks: Productivity

Everybody has a virus scanner, or at least they should. How well do these processors handle an AVG scan?

This has always puzzled me, and I'm considering exploring it for a more in-depth explanation. Apparently, AVG isn't strongly affected by clock speed or cache;, it only wants to work across multiple cores. The difference between 2.9 GHz or 3.77 GHz on the Athlon II X3 435 is surprisingly negligible.

These compression utilities show some really interesting results. This is the first application we're seeing that seems to really utilize the shared L3 cache. WinRAR even demonstrates better performance with the Phenom II X3 720 at stock speed compared to the Athlon II X3 435 overclocked to 3.77 GHz. There is also significant threading optimizations rolled into the latest version of WinRAR, and despite its cache deficit, the Athlon II X4 620 performs closely to the Phenom II X2 550.

While WinZip also appears to utilize cache to a small degree, its results are more influenced by clock rate, since the app isn't written to take advantage of multiple processing cores.

  • wintermint
    AMD CPUs been appealing to budget builders lately :)
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  • invlem
    I think my HTPC just found its new processor, been running a 5200+ for the last while
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  • 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.
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  • 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)?
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  • 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!!!
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  • lemonade4
    http://media.bestofmicro.com/O/H/227681/original/Athlon%20II%20X3%20CPU-Z%20Stock.jpg

    2 cores 2 threads?
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  • 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.
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  • 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!
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  • cleeve
    lemonade4http://media.bestofmicro.com/O/H/2 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!
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  • sonofliberty08
    did the disable core of Athlon II X3 435 can be unlock ?
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