After months of speculation, AMD has finally made the move to DDR2 memory controller with it’s Athlon64 series. In addtion to being DDR2 capable, the CPUs utilze a new socket called AM2.
The question is whether or not it is worthwhile to pay in excess of $1000 for the FX-62 and $700 for the X2 5000+ right now – or to wait until the prices drop. Let’s take a look at the reviews –
Bit-tech:“AMD’s move to Socket AM2 and DDR2 has been reasonably successful. Comparing Socket 939 performance to the performance of a chip with the same characteristics as it on the new AM2 socket, it can be said that there are some performance improvements, but there are also performance deficits in some situations too. We think that it is safe to say that the move to DDR2 brings incremental performance benefits to the K8 architecture.”
“With such a huge architectural change coming from Intel this year, it would probably be wise to wait and see what is just around the corner. There are rarely times when we advise people to wait, but this is probably a good time to sit tight for a few months.”
Hardware Secrets: (on the X2 5000+) “We didn’t see any performance improvement by the use of DDR2 memories instead of DDR. In fact, Athlon 64 FX-60 was faster in several situations, showing that at least for the software we used having a bigger L2 memory cache is better than having DDR2 memory instead of regular DDR.”
“But, on the other hand, we have to consider the future and what is behind AMD’s strategy in going to AM2 socket and support. In our opinion, what is important isn’t the release of Athlon 64 5000+, but the possibility of increasing the memory bus clock rate in the near future.”
ExtremeTech: “So if you’re buying a system today and want exceptional gaming performance, not to mention terrific performance across the board—at substantially lower power levels than Intel’s current designs—then AMD’s new dual-core processors with DDR2 support should fill the bill very nicely.”
Click here to read AMD press release.
Click here to read key architectual features.
Bottom Line: There is now doubt that AMD is ahead of the curve with the FX-62 and the X2 5000+, but it might be a good idea to sit back and wait for price drops and competitive products from Intel on this one.
Posted by Sean