At Computex today AMD are launching the newest members of their Athlon family, the Athlon64 3800+ and along with it a FX53 with a twist. As it's launch day we have both of the processors in for review, we have spent some considerable time running tests so read on to find out how they compare and what’s new…
Athlon 64 3800+
As you can see from the CPU-Z info the 3800+ is based on the Newcastle core and features 512kb of Level2 cache. As with previous A64models the core technology is 0.13micron. The FSB remains at 200mhz and the multiplier sits at 12x giving you a stock speed of 2400mhz. The biggest change of all, however, is the move from Socket 754 to socket 939. This change adds dual channel memory support to the Athlon64 which will be a huge benefit in performance where memory bandwidth is important.
Athlon 64 FX-53 Socket 939
In terms of comparison to the Socket940 FX-53 the socket 939 FX is almost identical, 200mhz bus with multiplier of 12 giving 2400mhz stock speed and a level 2 cache of 1024kb (1mb). The one big change to the FX line starting with the S939 FX-53 is the memory requirements. You’ll no longer require ECC/REG memory to run your Athlon64 FX…normal DDR will work absolutely fine.
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