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AMD Athlon II X4 620 and Athlon II X4 630 Processor Review

Postby Apoptosis » Wed Sep 16, 2009 7:50 am

AMD Athlon II X4 620 and Athlon II X4 630 Processor Review

AMD announced this morning, the first ever quad-core processor for less than $100! The AMD Athlon II X4 620 processor is the industry’s first and only sub-$100 quad-core processor at this time as it is priced at $99. The other processor being announced today is the AMD Athlon II X4 630 processor, which costs $129. Read on to see how the perform and overclock.

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AMD announced two AMD Athlon II X4 processors this morning. The AMD Athlon II X4 620 processor is the industry’s first and only sub-$100 quad-core processor at this time as it is priced at $99. The other processor is the AMD Athlon II X4 630 processor, which costs $129 and has a multiplier increase that is good for a higher overall clock frequency. Both of these processors feature a 200MHz bus with a 2000MHz HT link and memory support for both DDR2 (up to 1,066 MT/s) and DDR3 (up to 1,333 MT/s). So, what is missing to make these processors so inexpensive?



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Re: AMD Athlon II X4 620 and Athlon II X4 630 Processor Review

Postby Apoptosis » Wed Sep 16, 2009 7:52 am

oh and I'd just like to say that this will be my last CPU or video card article using Windows Vista...

Goodbye Vista!!
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Re: AMD Athlon II X4 620 and Athlon II X4 630 Processor Review

Postby HHCosmin » Wed Sep 16, 2009 9:39 am

i just want to congratulate you for the review. it's very informative. i believe that there are some small improvements to be made. i think a small psu would me more appropriate for power usage when testing systems that idle at less then 100w. i know for sure that psus are not that efficent at less than 10% load. that crazy ass 1100w psu is definetly not frugal. :) also powerfull video cards are not that ecofriendly these days as well as the 10k raptor hdd. it would be nice to see some config that is actually built for power efficency. i don't use my pc for gaming, but i use it with sql server and visual studio and i care how much power it uses in idle and how quiet it is. in conclusion i care about how fast my pc is but i also care about how efficient it is.
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Re: AMD Athlon II X4 620 and Athlon II X4 630 Processor Review

Postby Apoptosis » Wed Sep 16, 2009 10:03 am

HHCosmin wrote:i just want to congratulate you for the review. it's very informative. i believe that there are some small improvements to be made. i think a small psu would me more appropriate for power usage when testing systems that idle at less then 100w. i know for sure that psus are not that efficent at less than 10% load. that crazy ass 1100w psu is definetly not frugal. :) also powerfull video cards are not that ecofriendly these days as well as the 10k raptor hdd. it would be nice to see some config that is actually built for power efficency. i don't use my pc for gaming, but i use it with sql server and visual studio and i care how much power it uses in idle and how quiet it is. in conclusion i care about how fast my pc is but i also care about how efficient it is.


Thanks for the feedback! It's tough to pick components for the test bench and since we have used this test system for a couple years it has actually done pretty well. If we go too small of a power supply it might not support all platforms and setups, so it's always better to go bigger from a testing point of view.

I'm getting ready to re-do the test systems and make the switch to Windows 7 right now. I just ordered in new games like Wolfenstein, Resident Evil 5, Batman AA, H.A.W.X. and more to give our reviews a little more meaning.

I'm also going to be moving to a new test suite

Old Benchmark Version - > New Benchmark Version
POV-Ray 3.7 Beta 25 -> POV-Ray 3.7 Beta 34
Sony Vegas Pro 8.0b -> Sony Vegas Pro 9.0b
3dmark06 -> 3dmark Vantage
ProShow Gold 3.2 -> ProShow Gold 4.0.2549

I'm also thinking about adding some new benchmarks...
maybe some MKV to AVI video conversion using SUPER v2009.build.36
Kribibench Version 1.1
Microsoft ICE 64

The Microsoft Image Composite Editor (ICE) 64bit is an application used to stitch multiple source images into a seamless panorama image. I just tried using it the other day for the first time and really like it. I took a bunch of pictures in Oakland California last week and used the application to stitch together a killer image you can crop out and use.

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The final cropped image is 4362x650 and it looks slick... The image spans 198.4 degrees horizontally and 64.2 vertically. I think applications like this are something more real world to test CPU's and the applications are free and useful.

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Re: AMD Athlon II X4 620 and Athlon II X4 630 Processor Review

Postby Apoptosis » Wed Sep 16, 2009 1:03 pm

AMD Athlon II X4 620 processor in stock and for sale at $99.99 - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications ... u=A79-0620
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