AMD Athlon 64 FX-62 And X2 5000+ Socket AM2, nForce 590 SLI & ATI RD580

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Our Test Systems & SANDRA 2007

How we configured our test systems: When configuring the test systems for the following tests, we first entered their respective system BIOSes and set each board to its "Optimized" or "High-Performance Defaults." We then re-entered the BIOS and set memory timings for DDR2-800 at 4,4,4,12 1T latency.  The hard drives were then formatted, and Windows XP Professional (SP2) was installed. When the Windows installation was complete, we installed the drivers necessary for our components, and removed Windows Messenger from the system. Auto-Updating and System Restore were then disabled, and we set up a 768MB permanent page file on the same partition as the Windows installation. Lastly, we set Windows XP's Visual Effects to "best performance," installed all of our benchmarking software, defragged the hard drives, and ran all of the tests.

HotHardware's Test Systems
AMD & Intel Inside!
AMD Athlon FX-62 (2.8GHz)
AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 (AM2)
(2.6GHz down-clocked)
AMD Athlon 62 X2 5000+
(2.6GHz)

Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe
(NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI)

2x512MB Corsair PC-8500

CL 4-4-4-12-1T - DDR2-800

2xGeForce 7900 GTX

On-board Audio

WD740 "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA
WD1500 Raptor HD
10,000 RPM SATA
Maxtor DiamondMax 10 HD
7,200 RPM SATA

Windows XP Pro SP2
nForce 4 Drivers v6.82
NVIDIA Forceware v91.27
DirectX 9.0c
AMD Athlon FX-62 (2.8GHz)
AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 (AM2)
(2.6GHz down-clocked)
AMD Athlon 62 X2 5000+
(2.6GHz)

ATI RD580 AM2 Reference Board
(ATI CrossFire Express 3200 AM2)

2x512MB Corsair PC-8500

CL 4-4-4-12-1T - DDR2-800

GeForce 7900 GTX
(CPU Tests)
2xRadeon X1900 XT
(Gaming Only)

On-board Audio

WD740 "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA
WD1500 Raptor HD
10,000 RPM SATA
Maxtor DiamondMax 10 HD
7,200 RPM SATA

Windows XP Pro SP2
ATI Catalyst 6.4
DirectX 9.0c
AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 (2.6GHz)
Asus AN832-SLI

(NVIDIA nForce 4 SLIX16)

2x512MB Corsair PC3200
CL 2-2-2-5

GeForce 7900 GTX X2

On-board Audio

WD740 "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows XP Pro SP2
nForce 4 Drivers v6.82
NVIDIA Forceware v91.27
DirectX 9.0c
Intel Pentium XE 965 (3.73GHz)

Asus P5WDG2-WS Motherboard
Intel DX975XBX Motherboard
(i975x Chipset)

2x512MB Corsair PC-8500

CL 4-4-4-12-1T - DDR2-800

GeForce 7900 GTX (CPU Tests)
2xRadeon X1900 XT (Gaming Only)
On-board Ethernet
On-board Audio

WD740 "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows XP Pro SP2
Intel INF 7.2.2.1006
NVIDIA Forceware v91.27
DirectX 9.0c
Preliminary Testing with SiSoft SANDRA 2007 Pro
Synthetic Benchmarks

We began our testing with SiSoftware's SANDRA, the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. We ran three of the built-in subsystem tests that partially comprise the SANDRA 2007 suite (CPU, Multimedia, and Memory) with the the new AM2 version of the Athlon 64 FX-62 and Athlon 64 X2 5000+. All of the scores reported below were taken with the processors running at their default clock speeds of 2.8GHz and 2.6GHz, respectively.


CPU Benchmark
Athlon 64 X2 5000+

Multimedia Benchmark
Athlon 64 X2 5000+

Memory Benchmark
Athlon 64 X2 5000+



CPU Benchmark
Athlon 64 FX-62

Multimedia Benchmark
Athlon 64 FX-62

Memory Benchmark
Athlon 64 FX-62

The obvious take-away is that the new AM2-based Athlon 64 FX-62 is the fastest processor, at least in comparison to the reference test systems in SANDRA's CPU and Multimedia benchmarks.  The 5000+ falls right in line with the FX-60 reference CPU performance but the real tell-tale metric is the memory test.  The DDR2-800 CAS4 timings brought forth from AMD's new platform post up some of the best SANDRA memory scores we've recorded to date, with the FX-62 breaking into an 8500MB/sec range which is thoroughly impressive.   


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