AMD Athlon 64 3200+ / 2 GHz processor

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AMD Athlon 64 3200+ / 2 GHz processor

The AMD Athlon processor is among the world's most powerful engines for PC computing, and represents the industry's first seventh-generation x86 micro...

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published 30/11/2005 | Stingwray
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"Athlon64 vs. Pentium4? No Contest!"

AMD have really got the right mix of ideas in this CPU, not only was it one of the first 64-bit CPUs on the market (a long time before Intel had a 64-bit CPU) it is also a major leap from the old SocketA CPUs.

Well whats changed? The CPU is now hidden under a heatspreader, much like the Pentium4. This gives added protection when installing the CPU into the socket and makes applying the thermal interface material (TIM) a lot easier. The socket arrangement is now alot better then old Socket A. Sockets 754, 939 and 940 all are the same size and have the same retention bracket making the Heatsink Fan (HSF) universal for the whole AMD range now.

However its what is going on inside the CPU is what has made it such a ground breaking model. 64-bit is the next step now for the computer market giving access to larger amounts of RAM and Storage (both of which have fallen in price dramatically). 64-bit should also give better performance for Video Editing, CAD and Gaming. Even when using a 32-bit operating system and software!

There is a problem with 64-bit and that is that the Software manufacturers haven't taken it up as fast as they could have done. This means that 64-bit software and drivers are hard to come by, Microsoft only released its 64-bit version of XP recently! However this isn't a reason not to buy a 64-bit CPU as it will give you future-proof technology for when the time comes to use it.

AMD have also added some more instructions to the CPU which makes it faster at processing some information, like the SSE2 and SSE3 instructions for intensive work.

More advantages over the Intel range is that the AMD runs much cooler than the Pentium4 and also requires a lot less power which should help your electricity bill. This also means that the processor is a cracking overclocker, I have had my processor at 2.8GHz with a £20 HSF and not a problem in sight.

The AMD3200+ version is the best bang for buck costing around £110 most places, it is easily a match for a 3.4GHz Pentium4. Considering its a 1.2GHz gap between the rivals you can see which is better made and design. AMD are now about 2 years ahead of Intel on design and for the first time ever in September more AMD CPUs were sold in retail than Intel CPUs, making it an excellent time to buy this CPU.

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  • the_mad_cabbie published 25/12/2005
    "This means that 64-bit software and drivers are hard to come by,".....Tell me about it!!!.....I went about two weeks without any sound as I couldn't get a driver.....Sorted now though, and I agree.....It's a great CPU....Ken :O)
  • crutchley_am published 30/11/2005
    Frankly, well done. Most people's first reviews are very short and lacking in information, which yours isn't. The only thing I think you missed is the loss in speed when you run 32b programs on 64b processor, but that's only if you wanted the highest ratings. Keep up the good work!
  • PJflora published 30/11/2005
    good review but you should try looking at other reviews to see what you need to score higher. Try rating the people who rate you. Pj X
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Product Information : AMD Athlon 64 3200+ / 2 GHz processor

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The AMD Athlon processor is among the world's most powerful engines for PC computing, and represents the industry's first seventh-generation x86 microarchitecture. The AMD Athlon processor family is designed to power the next generation in x86 computing platforms. It meets the computation-intensive requirements of cutting-edge software applications running on high-end desktop systems, workstations, and servers. Business users who work with image processing, digital content creation, CAD/CAE, scientific applications and other computationally demanding software will benefit from the tremendous processing power of AMD Athlon processor-based systems. Computing enthusiasts who want the performance and clock speeds required to run the latest 3D gaming, entertainment, Internet, and personal productivity software will benefit from desktop systems powered by the AMD Athlon processor. The AMD Athlon processor provides exceptional processing power on real world, mainstream Microsoft Windows compatible software, as well as computation-intensive applications for high-end desktops. These high-end workstation applications include digital photo editing, digital video, commercial 3D modeling, image compression, soft DVD, CAD, and speech recognition. Computing enthusiasts get exceptional performance for Internet applications, digital imaging, 3D gaming, and personal creativity software. The AMD Athlon processor's advanced multimedia architecture and 3D technology deliver rich images, fast frame rates, and accurate theater-quality sound. Business users get remarkable performance from AMD Athlon processor-based systems. Popular programs for desktop publishing, database, accounting, and other demanding business applications execute at fast speeds, resulting in exceptional levels of productivity. The enormous power of the AMD Athlon processor's visual computing capabilities allows users to unleash their creativity and deliver high impact Web designs and other dynamic communications to effectively reach and influence customers.

Product Details

Product Description: AMD Athlon 64 3200+ / 2 GHz processor

Product Type: Processor

Processor Type: AMD Athlon 64 3200+, AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Energy Efficient

64-bit Computing: Yes

Compatible Processor Socket: Socket 754, Socket 939, Socket AM2

Processor Qty: 1

Clock Speed: 2 GHz

Features: HyperTransport technology, AMD64 technology, integrated memory controller, Enhanced Virus Protection

Compatible Slots: 1 x processor - Socket 754, 1 x processor - Socket 939, 1 x processor - Socket AM2

Pricing Type: CTO

Manufacturer Warranty: 3 years warranty

Manufacturing Process: 65 nm, 90 nm

General

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Product Type: Processor

Processor

Type / Form Factor: AMD Athlon 64 3200+

Cache Memory Details: L1 - 128 KB ¦ L2 - 1 MB

64-bit Computing: Yes

Processor Qty: 1

Clock Speed: 2 GHz

Compatible Processor Socket: Socket 754, Socket 939, Socket AM2

Cache Level 1 Size: 128 KB

Core Voltage: 1.5 V, 1.35 V/1.4 V, 1.4 V, 1.25 V/1.35 V/1.4 V

Thermal Specification: 70 °C, 65 °C, 85 °C, 69 °C

Architecture Features: HyperTransport technology, AMD64 technology, integrated memory controller, Enhanced Virus Protection

Power Efficiency: Energy Efficient

Thermal Design Power: 45 W, 62 W

Manufacturing Process: 65 nm, 90 nm

Cache Memory

Installed Size: 1 MB, 512 KB

Type: Pipeline Burst

Expansion / Connectivity

Compatible Slots: 1 x processor - Socket 754, 1 x processor - Socket 939, 1 x processor - Socket AM2

Miscellaneous

Pricing Type: CTO

Package Type: AMD Processor in a Box (PIB)

Included Accessories: Cooler (fansink)

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - 3 years, Limited warranty - replacement - 3 years

Service & Support: 3 years warranty

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