AMD launches five additional processors in their Phenom II and Athlon II lines

Is your neighborhood full of those annoying speed bumps? You know those obstacles that the city or county places about every 200 feet on our neighborhood roads to stop speeding. The concept behind them is good, slow down traffic to make it’s residents safe and less likely to be hit by a speeding car. I personally see some bad sides, being in the fire service, neighborhoods that have these speed bumps, slow us down to a point where an extra two to three minutes may be added to a response. I also have friends who live in some of these neighborhoods that are experiencing tire or suspension problems due to the constant pounding taken by their vehicles.

AMD Phenom II

 

Not all speed bumps are bad and some can be beneficial, for example, when there are many children present, around schools or play grounds or when a processor manufacturer releases some familiar CPUs with an increase in speed to give a little bump to their performance. There are also some other bumps that the consumer can benefit from, these would be lower TDPs. Lowering the TDP of a processor doesn’t suggest lowering performance it makes the processor more efficient and helps with your system's total power consumption.

Athlon II Logo

 

AMD has announced the release of 5 processors, some of which are speed bumps, or increases in speed, while one has a decrease in wattage, lowering its TDP from 125W to 65W.  The processors which will receive an increase in speed will be the entire Athlon II line from dual to quad cores, as well as the dual core Phenom II. The processor which will have a change in TDP, making it more efficient, will be the Phenom II X4 910.

 

 

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The Processors

What’s New?

Not much is really new with the processors, each processor, as stated in the introduction, has received a speed bump. All have increased base processor speeds by 100 MHz. Some, as well as a speed boost, have new silicon and others have a decrease in TDP to make the processor more energy efficient.

Below I will show the new processors and their specifications, as well as mention their predecessors. I will start with the Athlon II series.

 

The Athlon II series of AMD Processors are some of the most cost effective on the market. Most start at prices below $100.00 USD and the Athlon II 630 is the only quad core processor on the market with a price tag of just under the $100.00 mark at a list price of $99.00 USD. Hi Tech Legion has reviewed all the first launch Athlon II processors and has showed the value of considering an AMD Athlon II processor for a mainstream or entry level computer, as well as an HTPC that requires minimal cooling, with great performance to watch videos or even game at resolutions of 1024 X 768 with some eye candy turned on. For those who are truly budget minded, total cost to build an entry level Athlon II system starts at about $550.00 USD.

 

  • AMD Athlon II 255 X2: $74.00
  • MSI 785G mATX Motherboard: $70.00
  • Patriot DDR3 1333MHz G-Series Memory: $97.00
  • Windows 7 Home Premium: $104.00
  • Cooler Master Elite 310 w/420W PSU : $50.00
  • Acer 22” Monitor: $160.00

 

The Athlon II 255 X2

Price: $74     (3.1GHz / 65W max TDP / 2 cores)

 

Predecessor: Athlon II 250 X2

Model Number & Core Frequency:

X2 255 / 3.1GHz

OPN#

ADX255OCK23GQ

L1 Cache Sizes:

64K of L1 instruction and 64K of L1 data cache per core (256KB total L1 per processor)

L2 Cache Sizes:

1MB of L2 data cache per core (2MB total L2 per processor)

Memory Controller Type:

Integrated 128-bit wide memory controller *

Memory Controller Speed:

2.0GHz with Dual Dynamic Power Management

Types of Memory Supported:

 

Support for unregistered DIMMs up to PC2-6400 (DDR2-800MHz) -AND- PC3-8500 (DDR3-1066MHz)

HyperTransport 3.0 Specification:

One 16-bit/16-bit link @ up to 4.0GHz full duplex (2.0GHz x2)

Total Processor-to-System Bandwidth:

 

Up to 33.1GB/s bandwidth [Up to 17.1 GB/s total bandwidth (DDR3-1066) + 16.0GB/s (HT3)]                                          Up to 28.8GB/s bandwidth [Up to 12.8 GB/s total bandwidth (DDR2-800) + 16.0GB/s (HT3)]

Packaging:

 

Socket AM3 938-pin organic micro pin grid array (micro-PGA)

Fab location:

 

GLOBALFOUNDARIES Fab 1 module 1 in Dresden, Germany

Process Technology:

45-nanometer DSL SOI (silicon-on-insulator) technology

Approximate Die Size:

117.5 mm2

Approximate Transistor count:

~ 234 million

Max Temp:

74o Celsius

Core Voltage:

0.85-1.425V

Max TDP:

65 Watts

AMD Codename:

“Regor”

*Note: configurable for dual 64-bit channels for simultaneous read/writes

 

 

 

The Athlon II 440 X3

Price: $84     (3.0GHz / 95W max TDP / 3 cores)

 

Predecessor: Athlon II 435 X3

Model Number & Core Frequency:

X3 440 / 3.0GHz

OPN#

ADX440WFK32GI

L1 Cache Sizes:

64K of L1 instruction and 64K of L1 data cache per core (256KB total L1 per processor)

L2 Cache Sizes:

1MB of L2 data cache per core (2MB total L2 per processor)

Memory Controller Type:

Integrated 128-bit wide memory controller *

Memory Controller Speed:

2.0GHz with Dual Dynamic Power Management

Types of Memory Supported:

 

Support for unregistered DIMMs up to Unregistered DIMMs up to PC2-8500 (DDR2-1066MHz) -AND- PC3-10600 (DDR3-1333MHz)

HyperTransport 3.0 Specification:

One 16-bit/16-bit link @ up to 4.0GHz full duplex (2.0GHz x2)

Total Processor-to-System Bandwidth:

 

Up to 37.3GB/s total bandwidth [Up to 21.3 GB/s memory bandwidth (DDR3-1333) + 16.0GB/s (HT3)]                                                                Up to 33.1GB/s total bandwidth [Up to 17.1 GB/s memory bandwidth (DDR2-1066) + 16.0GB/s (HT3)]

 

Packaging:

 

Socket AM3 938-pin organic micro pin grid array (micro-PGA)

Fab location:

 

GLOBALFOUNDARIES Fab 1 module 1 in Dresden, Germany

Process Technology:

45-nanometer DSL SOI (silicon-on-insulator) technology

Approximate Die Size:

169mm2

Approximate Transistor count:

~300 million

Max Temp:

73o Celsius

Core Voltage:

0.85-1.425V

Max TDP:

95 Watts

AMD Codename:

“Rana”

*Note: configurable for dual 64-bit channels for simultaneous read/writes

 

 

 

The Athlon II 635 X4

Price: $119     (3.0GHz / 95W max TDP / 3 cores)

 

Predecessor: Athlon II 620 (renamed 630)

Model Number & Core Frequency:

X3 440 / 3.0GHz

OPN#

ADX440WFK32GI

L1 Cache Sizes:

64K of L1 instruction and 64K of L1 data cache per core (256KB total L1 per processor)

L2 Cache Sizes:

1MB of L2 data cache per core (2MB total L2 per processor)

Memory Controller Type:

Integrated 128-bit wide memory controller *

Memory Controller Speed:

2.0GHz with Dual Dynamic Power Management

Types of Memory Supported:

 

Support for unregistered DIMMs up to Unregistered DIMMs up to PC2-8500 (DDR2-1066MHz) -AND- PC3-10600 (DDR3-1333MHz)

HyperTransport 3.0 Specification:

One 16-bit/16-bit link @ up to 4.0GHz full duplex (2.0GHz x2)

Total Processor-to-System Bandwidth:

 

Up Up to 37.3GB/s total bandwidth [Up to 21.3 GB/s memory bandwidth (DDR3-1333) + 16.0GB/s (HT3)]                                                                Up to 33.1GB/s total bandwidth [Up to 17.1 GB/s memory bandwidth (DDR2-1066) + 16.0GB/s (HT3)]

 

Packaging:

 

Socket AM3 938-pin organic micro pin grid array (micro-PGA)

Fab location:

 

GLOBALFOUNDARIES Fab 1 module 1 in Dresden, Germany

Process Technology:

45-nanometer DSL SOI (silicon-on-insulator) technology

Approximate Die Size:

169mm2

Approximate Transistor count:

~300 million

Max Temp:

71o Celsius

Core Voltage:

0.85-1.425V

Max TDP:

95 Watts

AMD Codename:

“Propus”

*Note: configurable for dual 64-bit channels for simultaneous read/writes

 

 

 

 

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The Processors (Continued)

The Phenom II Processors:

The dual core Phenom II 555 will get a 100 MHz speed bump but will also feature a new revision C3 silicon that now has C1 hardware support. It is also a Black Edition processor and, at 3.2GHz, it is the fastest dual core processor AMD has ever produced and priced at $99.00 USD.

The quad core Phenom II will see a change in its TDP - the Phenom II 910e (e for efficiency) will have a max TDP of 65W and run at 2.6GHz.

AMD will also be launching (in the near future) their new 800 series chipsets. These motherboards may make a nice addition to these new processors.

Hi Tech Legion is taking a special interest in the Phenom II 910e due to its TDP and possible ability to run without an actively cooled heatsink. Over the month of February, Hi Tech Legion, in collaboration with The Computer Ed Radio Show, will be testing, commenting on and interviewing some manufacturers on how to go  “ Green”.

Hi Tech Legion and Computer Ed will be building two different systems which we feel may be both productive as well as energy efficient. There will be one twist, these will be systems that can also game and maintain rates of a minimum of 30 FPS at a resolution of 1680 X 1050.

Hi Tech Legion will be featuring the Phenom II 910e as the processor in it’s build. Come visit our forums to discuss "The Lean Green Gaming Machine".

 

The Phenom II 555 X2 BE

Price: $99     (3.2GHz / 80W max TDP / 2 cores)

 

Predecessor: Phenom II 550 X2 BE

Model Number & Core Frequency:

X2 555 / 3.2GHz

OPN#

HDZ555WFK2DGM

L1 Cache Sizes:

64K of L1 instruction and 64K of L1 data cache per core (256KB total L1 per processor)

L2 Cache Sizes:

512KB of L2 data cache per core (1MB total L2 per processor)

L3 Cache Size:

6MB (shared)

Memory Controller Type:

Integrated 128-bit wide memory controller *

Black Edition processors support software selectable increases to memory controller, HyperTransport, DDR3 and CPU core frequency.

Memory Controller Speed:

2.0GHz with Dual Dynamic Power Management

Types of Memory Supported:

Support for unregistered DIMMs up to PC2-8500 (DDR2-1066MHz) -AND- PC3-10600 (DDR3-1333MHz)

HyperTransport 3.0 Specification:

One 16-bit/16-bit link @ up to 4.0GHz full duplex (2.0GHz x2)

Total Processor-to-System Bandwidth:

Up to 37.3GB/s bandwidth [Up to 21.3 GB/s total bandwidth (DDR3-1333) + 16.0GB/s (HT3)]

Up to 33.1GB/s bandwidth [Up to 17.1 GB/s total bandwidth (DDR2-1066) + 16.0GB/s (HT3)]

Packaging:

Socket AM3 938-pin organic micro pin grid array (micro-PGA)

Fab location:

GLOBALFOUNDARIES Fab 1 module 1 in Dresden, Germany

Process Technology:

45-nanometer DSL SOI (silicon-on-insulator) technology

Approximate Die Size:

258 mm2

Approximate Transistor count:

~ 758 million

Max Temp:

70o Celsius

Core Voltage:

0.875-1.40V

Max TDP:

80 Watts

AMD Codename:

“Callisto”

*Note: configurable for dual 64-bit channels for simultaneous read/writes

 

 

 

The Phenom II 910e X4

Price: $169     (2.6GHz / 65W max TDP / 4 cores)

 

Model Number & Core Frequency:

X4 910e / 2.6GHz

OPN#

HD910EOCK4DGM

L1 Cache Sizes:

64K of L1 instruction and 64K of L1 data cache per core (256KB total L1 per processor)

L2 Cache Sizes:

512KB of L2 data cache per core (1MB total L2 per processor)

L3 Cache Size:

6MB (shared)

Memory Controller Type:

Integrated 128-bit wide memory controller *

Memory Controller Speed:

2.0GHz with Dual Dynamic Power Management

Types of Memory Supported:

Support for unregistered DIMMs up to PC2-8500 (DDR2-1066MHz) -AND- PC3-10600 (DDR3-1333MHz)

HyperTransport 3.0 Specification:

One 16-bit/16-bit link @ up to 4.0GHz full duplex (2.0GHz x2)

Total Processor-to-System Bandwidth:

Up to 37.3GB/s bandwidth [Up to 21.3 GB/s total bandwidth (DDR3-1333) + 16.0GB/s (HT3)]

Up to 33.1GB/s bandwidth [Up to 17.1 GB/s total bandwidth (DDR2-1066) + 16.0GB/s (HT3)]

Packaging:

Socket AM3 938-pin organic micro pin grid array (micro-PGA)

Fab location:

GLOBALFOUNDARIES Fab 1 module 1 in Dresden, Germany

Process Technology:

45-nanometer DSL SOI (silicon-on-insulator) technology

Approximate Die Size:

258 mm2

Approximate Transistor count:

~ 758 million

Max Temp:

71o Celsius

Core Voltage:

0.875-1.40V

Max TDP:

65 Watts

AMD Codename:

“Denab”

*Note: configurable for dual 64-bit channels for simultaneous read/writes

 

 

 

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Conclusion

Over the last year, AMD has launched many new processors. Their focus is to accommodate anyone’s budget. All of AMD’s AM3 processors are reverse compatible with AM2+ motherboards and will work with either DDR2  (AM2+) or DDR3 (AM3).

The AMD Athlon II line is perfect for those of you who may be on a very tight budget but still may want to take advantage of newer technologies, such as DDR3 memory, Cool n Quiet and Windows 7. The Athlon II processors have lower TDPs than most of the Phenom II line making them more efficient.

The AMD Phenom II line of processors has the same features as the Athlon II processors but also include an L3 cache of 6 MB (shared). The Phenom IIs are made for those who require a processor that has the ability to store more memory for demanding applications and enthusiast level gaming. Many of the Phenom IIs are “Black Edition Processors” (unlocked multipliers) and these give the user more flexibility if they choose to performance enhance their system.

If you choose a BE processor, you also have the option to use AMD Overdrive, which is a performance enhancing utility via Windows. Included with AMD Overdrive is Black Edition Memory Profiles (B.E.M.P.). These profiles are uploaded to AMD's server by B.E.M.P. certified memory manufacturers and, once downloaded, will further enhance performance of your Phenom II system. (You must have B.E.M.P. Certified memory in your system.)

With the launch of these new processors, AMD has expanded their line to give the consumer more choices to stay within a budget and still achieve a worthwile computing experience.

 

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