AMD's Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Black Edition

3.30 GHz At 1.450 V

The highest stable clock speed that we were able to attain with our sample of the 5000+ Black Edition was 3.30 GHz. To reach this frequency, we had to increase the core voltage a little further to 1.450 V, still only 0.1 V over the default setting.

At 1.450V, our 5000+ runs at 3.30 GHz.

Stable operation at 3.30 GHz.

At 3.30 GHz, the memory speed drops to DDR2-733 due to the memory divider. This can be an advantage, though, as it allows you to use cheaper DDR2-667 memory that can be overclocked to this speed, saving you additional money. Also, if you want to upgrade your existing system with the 5000+ Black Edition, you can also continue to use your existing memory, even if it is slower.

A clock speed of 3.30 GHz is a very respectable result for such an inexpensive CPU, especially considering that AMD's fastest CPU, the 6400+, runs at 3.20 GHz. In effect, AMD is giving away its best cores at bargain basement prices, giving its customers the option of increasing the CPU frequency without having to juggle the front-side bus or the memory speeds. Another advantage of the unlocked multiplier is that the motherboard temperature stays lower as well, since the chipset does not need to be overclocked, and can thus remain within its normal operating parameters.

The third of four promotional Black Edition stickers.

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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...

  • 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!