Athlon 64 6000+ X2 - Dual Core at 3GHz - Final Thoughts, Conclusion and Value

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

Final Thoughts:

AthlonX2 AMD has pioneered CPU development as they were the first to bring 64-bit processing to the mainstream PC market.  They also were the first to bring Dual-Core processors to consumers as well.  AMD has relied on their success in the desktop and server market for several years - and rightly so.  Intel recently introduced a die shrink to 65nm as well as the new Core  and Core 2 architecture.  This advancement left the current Athlon 64 X2 processors behind in terms of performance.  Although currently outgunned, AMD future is far from grim.  Their latest processor for the AM2 platform is the 6000+ X2, and other thana speed bump, this is nothing new for the green team.  The Athlon 64 6000+ X2 Dual Core processor is the first desktop processor from AMD that bring a 3.0Ghz stock speed to the desktop.

 

Conclusion:

When we were given the opportunity to take a look at the latest desktop processor from AMD, we gladly agreed and were quite excited to see how 3.0Ghz of stock dual-core Athlon 64 goodness could stack up to an Intel Core 2 Duo processor.  In the end, we weren't really surprised, but we were a little disappointed.  We hoped that the 6000+ X2 would at least be a 65nm part and that we could squeeze some major performance by overclocking.  We discovered and confirmed that it is in fact a 90nm Windsor core CPU - it's just hand-picked to run faster than other processors.  On a positive note, it does have 1MB of L2 Cache per core and offers very good performance for AM2 users.  If you have a current AM2 board, this chip would drop in and make a very simple upgrade without requiring a new motherboard or memory.  Unfortunately, this chip will be priced around $600CDN and be much more expensive than a better performing Core 2 Duo processor.

 

Pros:

  • 3.0Ghz Stock Processor from AMD.
  • Features 2MB of L2 Cache (2x 1MB).
  • Drop-in upgrade for AM2 users.

Cons:

  • 90nm Windsor Core - Showing it's age.
  • Moderate overclocking.
  • 65nm Brisbane processors overclock much higher.

BCCHardware.com Rating
Quality:
9/10
Performance:
6/10
Software Pack:
N/A
Stability:
8/10
Features:
N/A
Value:
5/10
Total Score 7.0

 

I'd like to thank MemoryExpress for sending this processor over for us to play with and review.  It has been very interesting to see what the latest processor from AMD can do.  If you have any questions or comments, please head on over and post them in our forum at the "Comments" link below.