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The FX-64 Lives! (AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+)

By Vijay Anand - 20 Feb 2007

Test Setup

Test Setup

With the Athlon 64 FX-62 being its direct predecessor, the new X2 6000+ will be closely compared against it. In fact, the performance is identical to our previously previewed FX-64, which we derived by overclocking the FX-62. The X2 6000+ is essentially this and nothing more. As depicted on the comparison table earlier, the speedier Conroe processors will be the main competitive environment which the X2 6000+ has to stand up against if it is to be a hit with AMD enthusiasts.

The following testbed configurations will be used throughout our comprehensive benchmarking segment:-

Intel dual-core Core 2 Configuration

  • Intel Desktop Board D975XBX (Intel 975X Express chipset)
  • Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800, Core 2 Duo E6700, E6600 and E6400
  • 2 x 512MB Corsair XMS DDR2-800 memory modules (CAS 4. 4-4-12)
  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 80GB SATA hard disk drive (one single NTFS partition)
  • MSI GeForce 7900 GT 256MB - with NVIDIA Detonator XP 84.21
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2
  • AcBel 400W Power Supply Unit
  • Default Intel CPU cooler


AMD dual-core Athlon 64 Configuration

  • ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe (nForce 590 SLI chipset)
  • AMD Athlon 64 FX-62 and Athlon 64 X2 6000+
  • 2 x 512MB Corsair DDR2-800 memory modules (CAS 4, 4-4-12)
  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 80GB SATA hard disk drive (one single NTFS partition)
  • MSI GeForce 7900 GT 256MB - with NVIDIA Detonator XP 84.21
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2
  • AcBel 400W Power Supply Unit
  • Default AMD CPU cooler

 

Benchmarks

The following benchmarks were used in this review:-

  • BAPCo SYSmark 2004
  • SPEC CPU2000 v1.3
  • Lightwave 3D 7.5
  • Futuremark PCMark 2005
  • SPECviewperf 8.01
  • Cinebench 2003
  • XMpeg 5.0.3 (DivX 6.2.5 encoding)
  • Futuremark 3DMark06
  • Unreal Tournament 2004
  • AquaMark3
  • Quake 4 ver.1.20
  • F.E.A.R.