Athlon 64 X2 3600+ gets benchmarked


— 1:07 PM on August 14, 2006

AMD's yet-unannounced Athlon 64 X2 3600+ processor has materialized in Russian stores, and the X-bit labs team has managed to grab one and run it through a host of benchmarks and overclocking tests. As previously reported, the chip runs at the same 2.0GHz clock speed as the Athlon 64 X2 3800+ but halves L2 cache to 256KB. Unsurprisingly, since AMD's K8 core only benefits from a large cache in a few tasks, the Athlon 64 X2 3600+ is within a hair's breath of the Athlon 64 X2 3800+ in the majority of tests. Overclocking results aren't too shabby, either: the reviewer managed to crank his chip up 30% to 2.6GHz with the default 1.25V core voltage. At that speed, the chip's performance is actually slightly above that of the Athlon 64 X2 5000+ in many tests. X-bit labs reckons the Athlon 64 X2 3600+ will be priced in the $130-140 range in the United States, but doesn't say when the chip is expected to become available.

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