AnandTech reviewed AMD’s new socket-AM2 in its usual in-depth fasion, and concluded: “And there you have it, quite possibly the most unimpressive launch from AMD (from a performance perspective), but given what we had already seen prior to today there shouldn’t be any surprises. The introduction of the Athlon 64 FX-62 means that there is an even faster alternative for those looking to spend as much as possible on a desktop or workstation CPU, but the new 5000+ isn’t really all that appealing, especially if you’re a gamer.”
AMD Socket-AM2: Same Performance, Faster Memory, Lower Power
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2006-05-23 11:23 pmjames_parker
Looks like the link to anandtech was fixed/changed. When I first clicked on it, the link pointed to the last page, not the first. Sorry for any confusion to later readers.
The low power versions are quite impressive, especially as they’re reasonably priced. I remember the difference in price between a desktop Athlon and an Althon XP-M being significantly larger.
Even without undervolting or underclocking the 35W X2 3800+ should be easy to cool in a SFF media centre. It provides a decent alternative to Intel’s Core Duo when it comes to low heat/noise computing.
Hopefully it’ll be easily available for consumers, rather than being limited to laptop builders.
2006-05-23 11:29 pmatomicplayboy
According to some of the reviews that have been circulating, there are plans to release low power parts, using the new socket, aimed at the desktop. With any luck, these will be on par with their mobile counterparts.
what is this a new socket from amd? is this their 4th or 5th socket for the Athlon 64 cpu. i lost count.
2006-05-23 11:23 pmatomicplayboy
I don’t know if you’re joking, or really want to know, but I believe it was:
Socket 940 for the opteron
Socket 754 introduced the amd64 to the desktop
Socket 939 continued the desktop presence with vast improvements
Socket AM2 (launched today, of course) brought about ddr 2 memory capability.
I didn’t include amd64 mobiles or turions, because I’m just not sure if they used their own socket, or the sockets that I listed.
2006-05-24 2:07 amsmitty
The amd64 mobiles used S754. I think the Turions were S939, but they might have been 754 as well. The new dual-core Turions are AM2, though, as well as all the new desktop chips.
There also where an S754 version of Turion (Actually I wasn’t aware of the S939 version).
I hoped for more performance (Would’ve been nice to have a 5% boost)… It’s a young design, there must be some kind of room for improvement. Only time will tell.
Well, I’m underwhelmed, but I expected it from the early benchmarks(2m ago) as NO major changes(req for perf inc) would be made that late as I expect that AMD was already ramping up AM2 production by that time.
AMD is going to be hurting if Conroe comes even close to their early benchmarks and maintains their current pricing scheme.
Long term, as in next major Athlon rev which I gather is early 2007 or MAYBE late 2006 SHOULD offer improved performance, but I doubt that their pricing scheme will improve so it had better be a damned good design.
Newegg has a bunch of MSI and one Asus AM2 board, a sempron and one single core 3800+ AM2 listed. mb prices are decent, proc prices are slightly high IMNHO. (You have to search on AM2 to find them as there is no category for them yet, and they weren’t dumped in with the 939s… most other online etailers have outrageous mb prices though… esp for the lowend MSI stuff, e.g. c. $180 for what should be a $70ish board and c. $320 for Asus which should be around $220. I don’t know if they’re in stock but I enquired just a couple of minutes ago…)
(Fence sitting about the route to take upgrading my aging Socket A Athlon system as to new arch or suck up the older arch deals and which one… )
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