Excerpt: The promise of AMD’s 65 nm SOI process was, well…
promising. Considering what we had seen done with both the previous 130
nm and 90 nm processes, the tech community was expecting great things.
Really great things. Things didn’t work out.
AMD ATHLON 64 X2 5000+ BRISBANE REVIEW BENCHMARK AND OVERCLOCKING
10 January 2007
Conclusion: In short ultimately the processors 65 Nm do not seem to offer sufficient assets to encourage the current owners of Athlon 64 X2 AM2 90 Nm to invest in a change of processor. The purchasers of new equipment will have for their part interest to consider the offer from INTEL which remains in this beginning 2007 most interesting as well on the plan of the performances as on the electric consumptionâ€¦ If to finish, we speak price, the choice can be even done more quickly...
Summary: We didn’t see any performance improvement by the use of DDR2 memories instead of DDR. In fact, Athlon 64 FX-60 and Athlon 64 X2 5000+ achieved the same performance level in all benchmarks we conducted, except on three SYSmark2004 segments: document creation (where Athlon 64 FX-60 was 6.37% faster), data analysis (where Athlon 64 FX-60 was 3.94% faster) and communication (where Athlon 64 X2 5000+ was 6.34% faster).
Summary: AMD has done an excellent job making the transition to DDR2 from DDR1. There are very little performance differences associated with the move and the Athlon 64 X2 5000+ offers performance that rivals the existing Athlon 64 FX60. With half the L2 cache and DDR2-800 MHz the Athlon 64 X2 5000+ has little trouble keeping up. When comparing to Intel’s Extreme Edition 955 and 965 processors the Athlon 64 X2 5000+ comes out on top in nearly every benchmark.
Conclusion: Speculations were running amok several months prior to AMD's AM2 launch as enthusiasts were concerned if DD2 memory technology's higher latencies would diminish any returns for adopting higher speed memory or even perform worse off. Thankfully, DDR2 memory technology has progressed reasonably and there are high-speed low latency memory modules.
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