AMD Athlon 64 FX-60


Test Setup and Benchmarks

Test Setup and Benchmarks

There's little to discuss about the new FX-60's features as it's based on a known core. In fact, the FX-60 may be the final Socket-939 processor from AMD as they prepare to move into the new Socket M2 later this year. If you look at it from the performance standpoint, the DDR memory technology is really looking dated right now and it may no longer be sufficient to meet the demands of AMD's high performance processors. In addition to that, the cost of DDR2 memory modules are really at a very affordable point right now and it doesn't seem beneficial to be buying DDR400 modules in this day and age. Anyway, all that will come with the new Socket M2 along with the new Windsor and Orleans cores, which will make its debut sometime in Q2 this year.

In this review, we'll be comparing results from the new Athlon 64 FX-60 processor with Intel's Pentium 4 Extreme Edition at 3.73GHz and dual-core performance results from AMD and Intel. We kept the system setup similar in the testbeds so as to minimize any performance variation arising from the use of different hardware components.

The components used in the AMD Athlon 64 testbed include:-

  • ASUS A8V Deluxe (VIA K8T800 Pro chipset)
  • AMD Athlon 64 FX-57/FX-60 and Athlon 64 X2 4800+ processor
  • 2 x 512MB Kingmax DDR400 non-ECC memory modules
  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 80GB SATA hard disk drive (one single NTFS partition)
  • MSI GeForce FX 5700 256MB (AGP) - with NVIDIA Detonator XP 61.34 (beta)
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 1


The components used in the Intel Pentium 4 testbed include:-

  • Intel D925XECV2 Desktop Board (Intel 925XE Express chipset)
  • Intel Pentium 4 3.73GHz Extreme Edition processor (with Hyper-Threading)
  • 2 x 512MB Micron DDR2-533 non-ECC memory modules
  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 80GB SATA hard disk drive (one single NTFS partition)
  • MSI GeForce PCX 5750 128MB (PCI Express x16) - with NVIDIA Detonator XP 61.34 (beta)
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 1


The components used in the Intel dual-core testbed include:-

  • Intel D955XBK Desktop Board (Intel 955X Express chipset)
  • Intel Pentium Processor Extreme Edition 840 processor (with Hyper-Threading)
  • 2 x 512MB Micron DDR2-533 non-ECC memory modules
  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 80GB SATA hard disk drive (one single NTFS partition)
  • MSI GeForce PCX 5750 128MB (PCI Express x16) - with NVIDIA Detonator XP 61.34 (beta)
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 1


The benchmarks used in this review include:-

  • BAPCo SYSmark 2004
  • BAPCo Webmark 2004
  • SPECCPU 2000 v1.2
  • Lightwave 3D 7.5
  • Futuremark PCMark 2004 Pro
  • Cinebench 2003
  • WSTREAM
  • Cachemem
  • XMpeg 4.5 (DivX encoding)
  • Futuremark 3DMark 2001SE Pro
  • Futuremark 3DMark03 Pro
  • Futuremark 3DMark05 Pro
  • Unreal Tournament 2003
  • Unreal Tournament 2004
  • AquaMark3