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Product: AMD Athlon 64 4000+
Company: AMD
Estimated Street Price: $500
Review By: Byron Hinson


Table Of Contents
1: Introduction
2: Setup and Components
3: More Details
4: Installation
5: Windows Performance
6: Half Life 2
7: Doom 3
8: Farcry
9: X2: The Threat
10: 3D Mark 2005
11: PC Mark 2004

12: Conclusion

Installation was easy. I installed the Processor and the Akasa Evo 33 heatsink before placing the motherboard into the case. The main thing to mention here is that you do need a good heatsink for the 4000+ processor, it can generate an lot of heat. The Akasa Evo 33 is an excellent heatsink, using heatpipe technology to keep the temperature down and it does this very well. For this review I have installed the processor on 3 different operating systems, Windows XP, Windows X64 and Windows Media Center 2005. Installing on these operating systems went without any bother, apart from the pain of searching high and low for 64-Bit Drivers.

A heatpipe is to be filled with vaporizable liquid.

1. Heat is absorbed in the evaporating section
2. Fluid boils to vapour phase
3. Heat is released from the top section via the fins; vapour condense to liquid
4. Liquid returns by gravity to the lower section

If you want to run the AMD's Cool‘n’Quiet technology, you will have to have a motherboard, drivers and cooler that also supports it, not only that, once you have Windows up and running you will need to install the Cool‘n’Quiet software off of the AMD website.

AMD Cool‘n’Quiet™ technology is an innovative solution available on AMD Athlon™ 64 processor-based systems that can effectively lower the power consumption and enable a quieter-running system while delivering performance on demand, for the ultimate computing experience.

AMD and its partners have worked together to implement Cool‘n’Quiet Technology as a system feature that consists of: a processor with Cool‘n’Quiet Technology enabled, motherboard, supporting BIOS, software driver and CPU cooler.

The good news though is that Cool‘n’Quiet works really well. If you are wondering what the benefits are then check them out below. In the tests I ran in the house the first thing I noticed was obviously the reduction in noise, it was quite a major reduction on my review system too. Next we have the power consumption, when running in Cool‘n’Quiet mode, the voltage would drop to 1.136v and the system would operate between 900 and 2400 mhz, depending on what programs were running, but it tended to sit at just over 1000mhz when not in a great deal of use.

The benefits of Cool 'N' Quiet are the following:

  • Reduced power consumption. (Lower Electric bills)
  • Reduced noise in house and business environments.
  • Lower operating temperatures.


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