Athlon 64 6000+ X2 - Dual Core at 3GHz - Athlon 6000+ Processors Specs and Overclocking

Article Index
Athlon 64 6000+ X2 - Dual Core at 3GHz
Athlon 6000+ Processors Specs and Overclocking
Test Systems and Memory Benchmarks
Synthetic CPU Testing
Synthetic CPU Tests - Continued...
Video and Audio Encoding Benchmarks
Photoshop CS2, Ultima Online and WinRAR
3DMark 2005 and 2006 Benchmarks
Real-World Gaming Benchmarks
Final Thoughts, Conclusion and Value

Processor Specifications:

The Athlon 64 6000+ X2 Dual-Core CPU isn't a leap ahead in performance.  This processor is merely a speed increase in their older architecture.  Below is a list of the Feature & Specifications of this 90nm processor.

  • Operating Mode: 32/64
  • Frequency: 3000Mhz
  • HT Speed: 2000Mhz
  • Voltage: 1.30-1.35V
  • Max Temp: 55-70°C
  • Thermal Power: 89W
  • L1 Cache: 128KB
  • L2 Cache: 1MB x2
  • CMOS Technology: 90nm SOI
  • Socket: Socket AM2

 

Because this processor sits in the 89W Thermal envelope, it is no harder to cool than our existing 4200+ AM2 processor.  This processor sat under the CoolIt Eliminator so that we could delve into overclocking, but temperature wasn't the issue with this processor.  As you can see below, it idles at a nice and chilly 25C/18C.  This temperature is taken with an ambient temperature of 20.5C.

CoreTemp - Stock Speed
CoreTemp - Stock Speed

Overclocking:

When it came to overclocking this CPU, I didn't have high hopes.  In my experience, top-end CPU's don't overclock as much as slower CPU's.  They may all reach similar speeds, but overclocking percentage is limited.  We set off with our trusty MSI K9N Platinum motherboard to see if we could gain at least 10% out of this processor. 

In order to reach our High CPU Speed overclock, we dropped the HTT Multiplier down and set our 10th Anniversary Crucial DDR2 memory to very loose timings.  We then started out overclocking this processor by bumping up the HTT 5Mhz at a time.  We quickly passed 220Mhz and kept on going up to 235Mhz, where we needed to apply a bit more voltage to make the system boot.  At 255Mhz, the system refused to boot even if we maxed out the boards CPU voltage at 1.45v.  We backed off the HTT to 250Mhz and tried to boot up into Windows.  Until we backed off the processor to 220Mhz * 15 (3.3Ghz), we were not able to boot into Windows, and after a couple of benchmarks the system crashed.  We dropped the CPU speed down to 217Mhz * 15 in order to boot at our highest CPU speed of 3255Mhz.  This was less than a 10% overclock and was quite disappointing.

6000+ X2 Overclocked
6000+ X2 Overclocked


Next we tried to see how high the "FSB" could go on this processor.  We dropped the multiplier down incrementally to keep the CPU as close to 3Ghz as possible.  We were able to run as high as 305MHz * 10 on this processor and keep things stable.  At this speed we had a HTT multiplier of 3x and ran the HTT bus at 915Mhz.  After running the processor for a few days we were able to run at 220Mhz * 15 = 3.3Ghz stable.  This may be due to a CPU "Burn In" or some other reasoning.  For benchmarking the Athlon 64 6000+ X2, we ran at stock 200Mhz * 15 = 3.0Ghz and our fastest overclocked speed of 220Mhz * 15 = 3.3Ghz.

On the next page we'll cover the test setups before we jump into testing.