AMD's Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Black Edition

Test Setup

Operating System: Windows Vista Enterprise

We have recently switched to a different version of Windows for our benchmarks. Now, all benchmarks at THG are run on Windows Vista Enterprise. While this version is not available in stores, its performance results are identical to those of Windows Vista Business and Windows Vista Ultimate. We were forced to make this switch, since this is the only version that offers an Open License. This license allows us to activate Windows Vista over the Internet repeatedly, without having to make calls to Microsoft's activation hotline each time.

Windows Vista Enterprise
Hardware Configuration

We have updated our testbed system with new components, including the graphics card, sound card and hard drive, in order to offer our readers results based on a platform that is both current and practical.

Hardware Setup
System Hardware
AMD Platform AM2
(Nvidia Nforce 5)
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe, Rev.1.03G
Nvidia nForce5, BIOS: 1001 (03/13/2007)
Intel Platform S775
(Intel P35)
Gigabyte P35C-DS3R, Rev. 1.0
Intel P35, BIOS: F2o (05/11/2007)
Intel Platform S775
(Intel 965P)
Asus P5B Deluxe/WiFi-AP, Rev. 1.03
Intel 965P, BIOS: 1101 (04/04/2007)
Memory 2x 1 GB A-Data DDR2-1066+ Vitesta Extreme Edition
DVD-ROM Samsung SH-D163A , SATA150
Graphics Card Foxconn Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTX
GPU: 575 MHz
Shader: 1350 MHz
Video Memory: 786 MB DDR4 (900 MHz, 384 Bit)
Sound Card Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer
Power Supply Zalman, ATX 2.01, 510 Watt


Graphics Card: Foxconn Nvidia Geforce 8800 GTX

RAM: A-Data Vitesta 1066

Sound Card: Creative x-Fi Gamer

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar SE 3200 AAJS
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  • gowens
    what kind of cooling system is needed to overclock to 3.1 Ghz? I'm buying a barebones kit with this CPU but no heatsink/fan.
  • Cursedeyes
    this article is very helpful, but my bios lets me increase the cpu voltage in increments of 5 mV up to 600mV . so how much to i out it up in order to equal 1.450 V?
  • falchard
    1000 milliVolts = 1 volt

    1450mV is my guess.
  • what heatsink fan was used for this? stock X2?
  • Koshi
    This article was helpful in making my decision to buy this processor, but I have a problem when overclocking it (first time overclocking). My pheonix award bios on my m2n sli board wont let me increase the cpu voltage past 1.325, and I want to know if there's anyway I can increase it. I can only get to 14.5x multiplier at this voltage.
  • Hi,

    Great article. I am new to OC, and have the 5000+ Black Edition and I am running it in an Asus M2N-SLI with a Zerotherm Butterfly CPU cooler. CPU according to HWMonitor, Core 0 is running at about 18C and Core 2 is at about 19 so heat shouldn't be a problem. Memory currently is Patriot 1GB PC2 5300 667mhz but in a couple days I will be adding 4 GB of OCZ SLI Ready Edition Dual Channel DDR2 800 Mhz . My question, is will the 667 Patriot memory that I currently have work if I overclock to 3.0, and would the OCZ 800 be adequate to OC to 3.2 ?

    Second, I've not done this before, from what I can gather here I can just change the multiplier in BIOS without messing with voltages if I don't go beyond 3.1 which would be achived by using a 15.5 multiplier.

    Thanks for the information here and any tips...

    **agroberts@knology.net**
  • hellspawnpr
    I have this CPU , been very happy with it so far. I have it at 3.2ghz running smoothly. I put a gigabyte GIGABYTE GH-PDU22-SC EVR Sleeve CPU Cooler only cost 23.00 has my cpu at 32c idle
  • Skiscola
    I can only get mine to a 14.5 multiplier I have a M2N-SLI Deluxe MOBO,CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory X2 for 4 GB, Thermaltake CL-P0075 80mm 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink. How can i get it higher without it crashing
  • Darkerson
    And to think i passed this one up for a 5200+, for some god awful reasoning at the time. Ah, the good old days!