Phenom Recycled: Athlon X2 7000-Series

Processor Comparison Table

The following table lists the technical details of the former Athlon 64 X2 processors, the AMD Phenom, AMD's new Athlon X2 7000 series, and Intel's Core 2 processor family.

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ProcessorAMD Athlon 64 X2AMD Athlon 7x50AMD PhenomIntel Core 2
CoreWindsor / 512 BrisbaneKumaAgena TolimanYorkfield / XE Wolfdale Kentsfield / XE Conroe / XE / 2048 Allendale
Manufacturing Process90 nm 65 nm65 nm65 nm65 nm 45 nm
Max. Clock Speed3.20 GHz2.70 GHz2.80 GHz3.20 GHz
L1 Cache64 + 64 KB64 + 64 KB64 + 64 KB32 + 32 KB
L2 Cache1 MB 512 KB 256 KB512 KB512 KB4 MB
L3 Cache-2 MB2 MB-
Thermal Design Power125 Watt95 Watt140 Watt136 Watt
CPU<->NothbridgeHyper TransportHyper TransportHyper TransportFront Side Bus
CPU<->CPUHyper TransportHyper TransportHyper TransportNorth Bridge
Max. Clock2.00 GHz (16.0 GB/s)3.20 GHz (25.6 GB/s)3.20 GHz (25.6 GB/s)400 MHz (12.8 GB/s)
Min. Clock800 MHz (6.4 GB/s)800 MHz (6.4 GB/s)800 MHz (6.4 GB/s)200 MHz (6.4 GB/s)
FSB (internally)200 MHz200 MHz200 MHz400 MHz 333 MHz 266 MHz 200 MHz
64 Bit Supportx86-64x86-64x86-64EM64T
Hyper Threading----
Instruction SetExtensionsMMX 3DNow! SSE SSE2 SSE3MMX 3DNow! SSE SSE2 SSE3 SSE4.1MMX 3DNow! SSE SSE2 SSE3 SSE4.1MMX SSE SSE2 SSE3 SSSE3 SSE4.1
Power SavingTechnologyCool'n'QuietCool'n'Quiet 2Cool'n'Quiet 2Enhanced Halt State (C1E) Enhanced Speedstep (EIST)
Over Temperature ProtectionThermal DiodeThermal DiodeThermal DiodeThermal Monitor 2
Execution ControlXD bitXD bitXD bitXD bit
Trusted ExecutionPresidioPresidioPresidioLaGrande Technology
Active Management Technologyn/an/an/aiAMT2 (V-Pro)
  • davidgbailey
    First Comment!!!

    AMD is competing with Core 2 Duo? Why don't they try to compete with core i7? Oh wait, they can't compete with core i7 being 2 years behind. But AMD FTW against Core 2 Duo 2 years later!!!
  • curnel_D
    I'd upgrade to the 6400+BE before I'd upgrade to the 7000 series.
  • tipmen
    Poor AMD
  • royalcrown
    Wow, only 80 bucks to upgrade a four whole fps over my 5400 x2....lemme rush right out, not !
  • urban_black_redneck
    Curnel_DI'd upgrade to the 6400+BE before I'd upgrade to the 7000 series.Now the 6000 is just under $80 (same price as the 7750BE) and the 6400 is hard to find.

    I am building my first gaming computer from the ground up, proudly starting with the 7750 Black Edition.
  • amdgamer666
    would like to have seen some overclockability tests but otherwise great article. good to see amd has released kuma (finally) to become slightly more competetive
  • Naw-yi
    notice the memory used is 800mzh not 1066mhz, also why would they use different video cards? the drivers used arnt even up to date... test should be run with alike hardware and software(or as close to alike as possible) or its not to be taken seriously.
  • Naw-yi
    Naw-yinotice the memory used is 800mzh not 1066mhz, test should be run with alike hardware and software(or as close to alike as possible) or its not to be taken seriously.
  • cangelini
    Naw, I'll ask Patrick to answer the memory questions. However, if you read the Test Setup page, you'll see that only one graphics card was used. Also, given the mainstream nature of these graphics cards versus the very high-end graphics card, there is no way in a million years that the WHQL driver used would have any effect on the outcome of these benchmarks.
  • cangelini
    Naw, ran the memory question past our German team and updated the piece. Same modules were run at 1066 and CAS 5. Thanks for the catch. Hope that answers all of your questions. If there's anything else, please let me know!