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Front view of AMD Athlon 64 3000+

Reasons to consider the
AMD Athlon 64 3000+

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More l2 cache 1 MB vs 0.5 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Front view of AMD Athlon 64 2600+

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AMD Athlon 64 2600+

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Much newer manufacturing process 65 nm vs 130 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much lower typical power consumption 12.19W vs 72.31W 5.9x lower typical power consumption
Higher Maximum operating temperature 85 °C vs 70 °C More than 20% higher Maximum operating temperature
Much lower annual home energy cost 3.61 $/year vs 21.44 $/year 5.9x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 13.14 $/year vs 77.96 $/year 5.9x lower annual commercial energy cost

Features Key features of the Athlon 64 3000+  vs 2600+ 

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Athlon 64 3000+  vs
2600+ 
Cores Single core Single core
Socket type
754
AM2

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE3
SSE
3DNow!

details

Athlon 64 3000+  vs
2600+ 
Threads 1 1
L2 cache 1 MB 0.5 MB
L2 cache per core 1 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 130 nm 65 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 70°C Unknown - 85°C

power consumption

TDP 89W 15W
Annual home energy cost 21.44 $/year 3.61 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 77.96 $/year 13.14 $/year
Typical power consumption 72.31W 12.19W
AMD Athlon 64 3000+
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