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Review: AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ AM2

by Tarinder Sandhu on 20 February 2007, 21:57

Tags: Athlon 64 X2 6000+, AMD (NYSE:AMD)

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Introduction



AMD's Athlon 64 FX-62 was launched in May 2006 and still remains the fastest AM2 processor around. We took a look at it and surmised that whilst it was fast, Intel's Core 2 Extreme X6800 was better.

Intel then added the quad-core whammy in November. It pushed consumer-level performance even higher and, frankly, left AMD trailing in the high-end desktop CPU market.

To appease the enthusiast somewhat, AMD launched its Quad-FX platform in late November and we followed up our initial look by exhaustively testing Quad-FX's 'megatasking' qualities.

AMD's native quad-core implementation, codenamed Barcelona, is currently slated for Q2 2007. In the meantime, however, AMD has added in a couple of energy-efficient processors to its line-up and bolstered the top end with the Athlon 64 X2 6000+: the first AM2 processor to run at 3GHz.

We'll take a look at its performance and also the value proposition offered by this £300 CPU. Will it beat out the Core 2 Duo/Quads? Read on to find out.