Reviews and Problems with AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core 4200+
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Athlon 64 X2 4200+
30 June 2008
Summary: I own several AMD and Intel processor based computer systems and they both have there pro's and con's. By far the AMD 4200+ processor has the price advantage over the Intel processor. Runs cool, can easily hit 2.8 GHz with a good overclocking motherboard and is priced right for a budget build or HTPC computer. Installed this processor in a GIGABYTE GA-MA78GM-S2H for a nice HTPC computer. Excellent value.
Pros: Inexpensive - Low operating Temp With Supplied Stock Cooler - Energy Efficient At 65Watts - Overclocks Well - G2 Stepping
Summary: I used this CPU for my new (budget) build. It's definetly not the latest/fastest processor on the market, but it gets the job done. I could clearly see the improvement from my old Athlon 3000 . I am finally able to watch blue-ray movies on my pc with no stuterring. Overall, it's a very nice CPU for the price. You won't be dissapointed.
Summary: This CPU is right at the sweet spot for price/performance ratio, and the price has even dropped since I bought mine 3 months ago. It's fast enough to handle most anything you can throw at it (for example Photoshop runs incredibly fast on the system I use this CPU in). Unless you're a gamer that plays the latest and greatest games the CPU's also powerful enough to last you for several years so it's a good choice for those who can't afford to upgrade every year or two.
Pros: Dual Core CPU. Fast enough that it'll last most people for several years. Excellent price, especially for the performance you get.
Summary: Cheaper than counterparts of Intel branded Core Duos. Also benefit from the low priced DDR2 memory. A good choice to build a budget dual-core system. Not too much space for over clocking, but still it works stably. Low energy consumption, works well with my old 250W power supply. Good performance, views HD video without hesitation.
Pros: relatively low price, stability, good performence
Summary: The AMD dual core processors seem to be a better value than the equivalent Intel CPUs. This is another good CPU available from AMD. It is fast, runs cool and is energy efficient. The included heatsink/fan is nothing special. If you are a overclocker, you probably want to use a better cooling solution. The CPU works great and I have no complaints.
Pros: Good Performance, Great Value, Energy Efficient
Summary: The CPU does a fairly good job for just about everything, from surfing the net, playing games, act as a DVR...etc. Granted, it is not the fastest Athlon64 X2 that AMD has to offer, but for casual gamers, it does more than enough when combined with a decent video card. With improvements, the CPU have lower power consumption than its Socket939 counter part, however, L2 cache got reduced to 512KB per core.
Pros: Fast! Uses less power than Socket939 counter part. Fairly good price.
Summary: I can't believe this cpu is so cheap now. If you are still AMD fan and want to keep upgrading without big budget, then this CPU is for you. It is dual core 2.2GHz and 256KB total L1 cache. Also it is very energy efficient with TDP of only 65Watts. Also runs very quite and temps are very low.
Summary: Got this for $60 at Frys and put in a new build, fired up right away and running well. My case is not the best for heat dissipation and the stock fan is not up to the task. Normally runs in the 40s C, but under heavy load runs into the 50s C. I'm looking for a better heat sink/fan. Due to the fan, I haven't overclocked much yet, but it looks capable.
Summary: AM2 processors are the beneficiaries of DDR2 ram price drops, and the X2 versions allow you to be ready for when more programs take advantage of dual core processors. The heat produced by these processors are very manageable, so that even budget builds can be quiet and relatively powerful. Excellent foundation for a decent rig. But toss the heatsink and fan.
Summary: My previous CPU was an AMD Athlon 64 3200+ (2 ghz). Though outdated, it was pretty fast for what I did and made me want to buy another AMD product. This CPU does not disappoint. Getting a 65W cpu was crucial because my Shuttle barebone only had a 250W power supply. Installation was quick and simple. Firefox opened faster than ever! Impressed so far and looking forward to playing some newer games on this (CS Source and eventually SC2).
Pros: Cost, 65W, quiet, Easy to Install
Cons: None to note so far. Price of this CPU keeps on changing.