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Product: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Processor
Company: AMD
Estimated Street Price: $696
Review By: Byron Hinson

Setup & Components

Table Of Contents
1: Introduction
2: Setup and Components
3: Installation
4: SiSoft Sandra
5: Windows Performance
6: Windows Vista
7: Half Life 2
8: Doom 3
9: Farcry
10: 3D Mark 2006
11: PC Mark 2005

12: Conclusion

For our AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Processor review we have stuck with the new Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe motherboard (Shown below) and 1GB of corsair DDR2 Memory. As this is the first AMD attempt at DDR2 support we went with the best memory you can get right now in the form of Corsair's XMS2-8500 TwinX. Our graphics card is the enthusiast Connect 3D X1900 XT ATI based card, but we are reviewing the CPU and not a graphics card. While we took some strain off of the CPU by adding the SoundBlaster X-Fi card. As with all our processor reviews, all processors were reviewed with identical hardware such as memory, soundcard, graphics card, hard drive etc.

  • Athlon 64 X2 5000+ AM2 Based Processor
  • Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe
  • Corsair 1GB DDR2 XMS2-8500 TwinX
  • Connect 3D X1900 XT 512MB PCI-Express Graphics Card
  • Sound Blaster X-Fi
  • 1-Samsung Spinpoint 250GB SP2504C SATA 8MB Cache Hard Drive
  • 1-Maxtor OneTouch II 250GB External Firewire/USB 2.0 16MB Cache Hard Drive
  • Sony Dual Layer DVD-RW DRU700A Drive
  • Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 6000
  • Antec 480 Watt NeoPower PSU
  • Apple 20" Anodized aluminum Cinema Display

We'll be covering many other AM2 based processors in the coming months but this is our starting block and various other AM2 based motherboards as well. The review will cover Windows performance (including Vista) along with benchmarks and information from a range of programs that many of our readers tend to use and play such as Half Life 2, Doom 3, 3D Mark 06 and PC Mark 05. The review takes place on clean installs of Windows XP Professional with SP2.

The Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard - the best one out for AM2 based chips right now

Processor Specifications

AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual-Core Details
Processor AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual-Core
Model 5000+
Ordering P/N (Tray) ADO5000IAA5CU
Ordering P/N (PIB) ADO5000CUBOX
Operating Mode 32/64
Stepping F2
Frequency 2600Mhz
HT Speed 2000
Voltage 1.30V/1.35V
Max Temp 55-70°C
Thermal Power 89W
L1 Cache 128KB x2
L2 Cache 512KB x2
CMOS Technology 90nm SOI
Socket Socket AM2



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