It's AMD, it's dual-core, and it's cheap... well, cheaper anyway. That's right, the new Athlon 64 X2 3800 reviews are out and about, and here at HH Marco has taken this thing through a battery of tests. Also new in the AMD lineup, is the 3400 Sempron. Jeff takes a look at the newest member of the Sempron family to see if it can hold it's own against today's latest and greatest applications and games.
"AMD's dual-core processors were undeniably desirable, but with a minimum cost higher than some complete entry-level PCs, justifying the purchase of one of these processors would be difficult for many enthusiasts. Today though, AMD is taking the wraps off of a brand new Athlon 64 X2 processor, that's priced well below their existing offerings, the Athlon 64 X2 3800 ."
"Like the 3300 , the Sempron 3400 is built on their 90nm manufacturing process. When AMD made the move the Sempron to their 90nm line, they not only introduced SSE3 instruction support to the Sempron line, but AMD also implemented changes to the memory controller as well. These enhancements improved both memory mapping and memory loading while adding support for mismatched DIMMs."
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