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    Athlon X2 BE-2350 Processor Review
    By Vince Freeman :  June 5, 2007

    Test Setup

    The Athlon X2 BE-2350 is an entry-level processor, but even so, we're still looking at a mainstream system configuration for all benchmark testing. Saddling a set of processors with a low-end integrated graphics platform really doesn't prove a lot, and can yield surprisingly similar gaming scores. Our AMD processor selection includes the Athlon 64 X2 4200+ (2.2 GHz), 4600+ (2.4 GHz) and 5000+ (2.6 GHz) AM2 processors, while the Intel competition offers up the Core 2 Duo E6300 (1.86 GHz, 2MB L2) and E6600 (2.4 GHz, 4MB L2) processors.

    These entry-level and mainstream processors are matched with corresponding platforms and peripherals, while ensuring consistency with the overall reference system mix. The AMD contingent uses a nForce 590 SLI motherboard while the Core 2 Duo processors run on an Intel D975XBX2 motherboard. The base memory capacity is set at 1-GB, and both our Intel 975XBX2 and AMD nForce 590 SLI platforms use DDR2-800 at low-latency 4-4-4-12 timings.

    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 certainly mainstream, and consists of a PNY GeForce 7950 GT 512MB PCI Express card, which guarantees excellent performance and scalability for our test systems. We've moved to Vista for graphics card benchmarking, but until we can get certain CPU tests working, we're continuing to use Windows XP Pro SP2 for processor reviews.

    The benchmark list includes a wide range of system, CPU, memory, and gaming tests. These include PCMark05, SiSoft SANDRA XI, WinRAR 3.62, and CINEBENCH 9.5, along with TMPGEnc Xpress 3.0 for MPEG-1 and 2, and XMPEG for DivX 6.4 encoding. We also utilize popular 3D game tests like F.E.A.R., Company of Heroes, Prey, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, Quake 4, DOOM 3, Chronicles of Riddick, 3DMark06, and FarCry. Our default game benchmark setting is 1024x768x32, which is demanding enough for CPU comparisons but still realistic as an actual game play resolution.

    * 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 X2 BE-2350, Athlon 64 X2 4200+, 4600+, and 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 9.35
    Video Card: PNY GeForce 7950 GT 512MB PCIe
    NVIDIA reference drivers: ForceWare 93.71
    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 (April 2007)
    Operating System: Windows XP Pro SP2

    Intel Reference System:
    Dual Core Processors: Core 2 Duo E6300 and E6600
    Memory: 2 x 512-MB Corsair CM2X512-8500
    Motherboard: Intel D975XBX2
    Motherboard chip set: Intel 975X
    Video Card: PNY GeForce 7950 GT 512MB PCIe
    NVIDIA reference drivers: ForceWare 93.71
    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 (April 2007)
    Operating System: Windows XP Pro SP2

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

    3DMark06 Specifics:
    Version 1.10

    PCMark05 Pro Specifics:
    Version 120

    SiSoft SANDRA XI Specifics:

    Page 1 The Athlon X2 BE-2350 Processor
  • Page 2 Test Setup and Benchmark Software
    Page 3 PCMark05 Pro Performance
    Page 4 SANDRA XI, CINEBENCH 9.5 and WinRAR Performance
    Page 5 MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and DivX 6.4 Performance
    Page 6 3DMark06 Pro, DOOM 3 and FarCry Performance
    Page 7 Quake 4, F.E.A.R. and CoR Performance
    Page 8 Company of Heroes, Prey and Splinter Cell: CT Performance
    Page 9 Benchmark Analysis and System Power Consumption
    Page 10 Value and Conclusion

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