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    Athlon 64 FX-62 & Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Processor Review
    By Vince Freeman :  May 23, 2006

    Test Setup

    The Athlon 64 FX-62 represents the new top-end of AMD-based desktop performance, while the Athlon 64 X2 5000+ is the top mainstream contender. Now that AMD has gone to 2.8 GHz in a dual core model, our benchmarking only highlights Athlon 64 FX/X2 and Pentium EE/Pentium D dual core processors. We certainly have the dual core contenders out in full force, with the line of Athlon 64 X2 4800+, 4600+, and 4400+ 939-pin AMD processors, along with the Pentium EE 955, Pentium D 960, and Pentium D 950 Intel models. In addition to the Athlon 64 FX-62 and Athlon 64 X2 5000+ AM2 performance results, we have also down-clocked these to give approximate Athlon 64 X2 4800+ and 4600+ results using the new DDR2-based platform.

    Naturally, these high-end processors are matched with corresponding platforms and peripherals, while ensuring consistency with the overall reference system mix. The Athlon 64 FX-62 and X2 5000+ models utilize a new nForce 590 SLI motherboard, while the Socket 939 processors run on an nForce4 Ultra motherboard. The Pentium EE and Pentium D models utilize an Intel 975X motherboard, which supports both 1066 MHz and 800 MHz processors. The base memory capacity is set at 1-GB, but due to the differing memory architectures, our AMD AM2 platforms use Corsair PC2-8500 (running at 800 MHz using 4-4-4-12 timings), the AMD 939-pin configurations receive 2x512-MB of Corsair XMS PC3200XLPRO (2-2-2-5 at 400 MHz), and the Intel systems use 2x512-MB of OCZ PC6400 Platinum (set at DDR2-800 at 4-4-4-12 for 1066 MHz and lower latency DDR2-667 at 3-3-3-10 for 800 MHz).

    The default hard disk configuration is comprised of dual Maxtor MaxLine III 250GB NCQ-enabled SATA drives set for RAID 0, which provides top-end disk performance and ensures consistent benchmarking. The video component is high-end as well, and consists of a powerful eVGA GeForce 7800 GTX KO 256MB PCI Express card, which virtually guarantees high-end performance and scalability for our test systems. The drivers are also the latest NVIDIA ForceWare 84.21, which include enhancements for improved performance under dual core or HT systems. The operating system is Windows XP Pro SP2, along with DirectX 9.0c (February 2006) installed.

    The benchmark list includes a wide range of system, CPU, memory, and gaming tests. These include PCMark05, SiSoft SANDRA 2007, Everest Ultimate 2006, and CINEBENCH 9.5, along with TMPGEnc Xpress 3.0 for MPEG-1 and 2, XMPEG for DivX 6.1, and Windows Media Encoder 9 for WMV encoding. We also utilize popular 3D game tests like F.E.A.R., Quake 4, Half-Life 2, DOOM 3, Chronicles of Riddick, 3DMark06, FarCry, Halo, Painkiller, Unreal Tournament 2004/2003, and Quake 3. Our default game benchmark setting is 1024x768x32 for older games, and 800x600x32 for newer releases, both of which are demanding enough for CPU comparisons but still realistic as actual game play resolutions.

    * Please note that unless otherwise stated, such as the media encoding times, all performance graph results equate to the standard "higher is better" routine.

    Test Systems:

    AMD Socket AM2 Reference System:
    Processors: Athlon 64 FX-62 and Athlon 64 X2 5000+
    Memory: 2 x 512-MB Corsair CM2X512-8500
    Motherboard: Asus M2N32-SLI
    Motherboard chip set: nForce 590 SLI
    NVIDIA nForce4 reference drivers: 500 Series 9.34
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce 7800 GTX KO 256MB PCIe
    NVIDIA reference drivers: ForceWare 84.21
    Hard-Drive: Dual Maxtor MaxLine III 250GB in RAID 0 Mode
    IDE Interface: Serial ATA-150
    CD/DVD: AOpen 5232 Combo Drive
    Power Supply: Enermax EG651P-VE-24P 550W EPS12V
    DirectX 9.0c (February 2006)
    Operating System: Windows XP Pro SP2

    AMD Socket 939 Dual Core Reference System:
    Processors: Athlon 64 FX-60 and Athlon 64 X2 4800+, 4600+ & 4400+
    Memory: 2 x 512-MB Corsair XMS PC3200XLPRO (2-2-2-5)
    Motherboard: DFI NF4 Ultra-D
    Motherboard chip set: nForce4 Ultra
    NVIDIA nForce4 reference drivers: nForce4 6.70
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce 7800 GTX KO 256MB PCIe
    NVIDIA reference drivers: ForceWare 84.21
    Hard-Drive: Dual Maxtor MaxLine III 250GB in RAID 0 Mode
    IDE Interface: Serial ATA-150
    CD/DVD: AOpen 5232 Combo Drive
    Power Supply: Enermax EG651P-VE-24P 550W EPS12V
    DirectX 9.0c (February 2006)
    Operating System: Windows XP Pro SP2

    Intel LGA755 Reference System:
    Processors: Pentium EE 955, Pentium D 960 and Pentium D 950
    Memory: 2 x 512-MB OCZ PC6400 Platinum DDR2-800
    Motherboard: Intel D975XBX
    Motherboard chip set: Intel 975X
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce 7800 GTX KO 256MB PCIe
    NVIDIA reference drivers: ForceWare 84.21
    Hard-Drive: Dual Maxtor MaxLine III 250GB in RAID 0 Mode
    IDE Interface: Serial ATA-150
    CD/DVD: AOpen 5232 Combo Drive
    Power Supply: Enermax EG651P-VE-24P 550W EPS12V
    DirectX 9.0c (February 2006)
    Operating System: Windows XP Pro SP2

    General Settings:
    Desktop Resolution: 1024x768
    Color Depth: 32-bit
    V-Sync: Disabled

    3DMark06 Specifics:
    Version 1.02

    PCMark05 Pro Specifics:
    Version 110

    SiSoft SANDRA 2007 Specifics:
    1.0

    Everest Ultimate 2006 Specifics:
    2.80

    ScienceMark 2 Specifics:
    March 21


    Page 1 The Athlon 64 FX-62 and Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Processors
  • Page 2 Test Setup and Benchmark Software
    Page 3 PCMark05 Pro Performance
    Page 4 SANDRA 2007, ScienceMark 2 & CINEBENCH 9.5 Performance
    Page 5 Everest 2006 Ultimate Edition Performance
    Page 6 MPEG-1/2, DivX 6.1 and WME Encoding Performance
    Page 7 Quake 3, UT 2003 & UT 2004 Performance
    Page 8 DOOM 3, FarCry and Half-Life 2 Performance
    Page 9 3DMark 2006, Halo and Painkiller Performance
    Page 10 Quake 4, CoR and F.E.A.R. Performance
    Page 11 Benchmark Analysis and Power Consumption
    Page 12 Value and Conclusion

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