AMD Athlon II X2 240e and X3 435 Mainstream CPUs - HotHardware

AMD Athlon II X2 240e and X3 435 Mainstream CPUs

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AMD's new Athlon II processors feature lower power consumption than standard parts. And the energy saving aspects of the processors are accompanied by increasingly competitive pricing. With a TDP of 45W these green chips are notated with an "e" at the end of their model number. Only two of the new Athlon models are still rated at 95W, one being the X3 435 that we're also testing here.

 
Athlon II X2 240e (left) and Athlon II X3 435 (right)

The heatspreader design and markings found on the latest Athlon II chips are very similar to the current crop of AMD processors. The chip utilizes AMD's Socket AM3 938-pin organic micro pin grid array (micro-PGA) packaging, which is backward compatible with Socket AM2+. Pictured above are the markings found on top of the heatspreader.
 

 
AMD Athlon II X3 435 CPUz Details

Like all previous socket AM3-compatible processors that have been introduced over the last few months, Socket AM3 Athlon II processors are designed to work with both DDR2 and DDR3 memory types, and with Socket AM3 or AM2+ motherboards.  Socket AM2+ processors do not have the ability to work with DDR3 memory though, so AMD made some changes to the Socket AM3 pin configuration to prevent AM2+ processors from being plugged into AM3 sockets.  Socket AM3 processors have 938 pins, whereas socket AM2 processors have 940; two pins have been removed. Keying the processors and sockets in this way prevents AM2+ processors from being installed on AM3 motherboards, but allows AM3 processors to be installed on either type of motherboard.

Overclocking AMD Athlon II Series
Pedal To The Metal

Athlon II X2 240e Overclocked to 3.80GHz


Athlon II X3 435 Overclocked to 3.84GHz

To overclock the processors, we left their multipliers at their maximum levels and raised the host clock in order to increase CPU frequency. The 240e reached 272MHz while the 435 hit 265MHz. In both cases, we overclocked to 3.8GHz using only air cooling and with a limited amount of effort. Needless to say, we were impressed with the overclocking headroom these chips possessed, especially considering their low prices.  

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Yeah, I just read over at Techgage.com that AMD released 8 new Athlon II processors. Rob mentions that AMD has definitely shifted its focus to monopolize the budget CPU sector.

If anyone has read Joel's piece on AMD's woes, you'll see why this is a good strategy. http://hothardware.com/News/Despite-Analyst-Agitation-An-AMD-Atom-Is-No-Answer-to-Companys-Woes

The Athlon II X3 435 does seem quite capable and the best value of the two processors reviewed here. With the i5 priced at $200, AMD is in a good spot. Though the Core 2 Quads can be had for a little bit more.

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AMD has always served the budget sector well.

Their influence has kept prices from skyrocketing beyond reach for many of us.

Intel can compete in the budget sector, and they do too, but not as much and as seriously as AMD does.

Keep up the good work AMD!

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sooooo what happened to the 605e? doesn't seem to be a common item in the US.

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realneil:

AMD has always served the budget sector well.

Their influence has kept prices from skyrocketing beyond reach for many of us.

Intel can compete in the budget sector, and they do too, but not as much and as seriously as AMD does.

Keep up the good work AMD!

Intel never really aimed towards the budget sector.  They are with out a doubt, the better chip to have, however you pay for it with the price.  If I do recall though AMD's chip ratings are different than Intel's.  AMD's 3.2ghz is not the same as Intel's.  Intel makes the speedier chip and back in the day, those cpu's were much more reliable with heat, than AMD's instant smoke bombs.

Don't get me wrong though, AMD does make a good CPU.  It's just that the two companies aren't really in the same ballpark.

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Intel seems to be trying to dominate in the budget sector now, with their latest Core-i5 and Core-i3 offerings. While I know that technically, they have the better manufacturing facilities and probably a better design,....I still support AMD whenever it's possible to do so.

Why?

Because we need them. They help to throttle the Intel 'Borg' just a little and without them we would all pay higher prices for CPU's. If AMD suddenly set their price on the Phenom-II 965 at $75.00, Intel would follow with a reduction of their own on a competitive chip because they can afford to. They have a 'war chest' full of money to play with.

When it happens, we all reap the benefits.

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