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

    Everest 2006 Ultimate Edition Performance

    As the release of the Athlon 64 FX-62 and Athlon 64 X2 5000+, not to mention the DDR2-based Socket AM2 platform, depend so much on memory support and performance, it is one area we've bolstered up for this review. The Everest benchmarking suite offers several different memory performance modules, and has quickly become a standard for many hardware evaluations. In this case, we are using Everest Ultimate Edition version 2.80, and concentrating on the Memory Read, Memory Write and Memory Latency tests, which should give us a better idea on the impact of Socket AM2 and its support for high-speed DDR2.

    The first benchmark is the Memory Read test, and here see a few surprises right off the bat. The Athlon 64 FX-62 certainly posts a very high score, and well ahead of the other Socket 939 models, but it's the Pentium Extreme Edition 955 that shoots out to the victory, powered by its 1066 MHz bus and dual channel DDR2-800 memory. Once again, higher core speeds do seem to benefit the DDR2-equipped AM2 models, while the older 939-pin processors show very consistent memory read scores.

    The Memory Write modules outline the same basic pattern as the Read test, and shows the new Athlon 64 FX-62 and Athlon 64 X2 5000+ posting the highest scores, and displaying excellent clock speed scaling. Unfortunately for Intel, it seems that while the Pentium DD 955 is a speed memory reader, its writing skills don't seem to be at the same level, and the CPU falls well back in the pack.

    The last test module deals with Memory Latency, and as expected, the Athlon 64 onboard memory controller finishes well ahead of the Intel competition. However, when looking at the AMD results, there are a few surprises. We assumed the DDR-based memory controller would offer lower latency, but it seems that the combination of DDR2-800 and low 4-4-4 timings are enough to give it a slight edge of low-latency DDR-400. But as we found in subsequent testing, this scenario does not hold true with DDR2-533 or DDR2-667.

    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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