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Front view of AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+

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AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+

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Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Much higher clock speed 2.6 GHz vs 2 GHz More than 30% higher clock speed
More cores 2 vs 1 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More threads 2 vs 1 Twice as many threads
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 70 °C vs 49 °C Around 45% higher Maximum operating temperature
Has virtualization support Yes vs No Somewhat common; Boosts performance of virtual machines
Front view of AMD Athlon 3200+

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AMD Athlon 3200+

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Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Significantly lower typical power consumption 54.44W vs 72.31W Around 25% lower typical power consumption
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 16.14 $/year vs 21.44 $/year Around 25% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 58.69 $/year vs 77.96 $/year Around 25% lower annual commercial energy cost

Features Key features of the Athlon 64 X2 5000+  vs 3200+ 

clock speed

L2 cache

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Athlon 64 X2 5000+  vs
3200+ 
Clock speed 2.6 GHz 2 GHz
Cores Dual core Single core
Socket type
AM2
939
Is unlocked Yes No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes No
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE3
SSE
3DNow!
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

details

Athlon 64 X2 5000+  vs
3200+ 
Threads 2 1
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 90 nm 90 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 70°C Unknown - 49°C

power consumption

TDP 89W 67W
Annual home energy cost 21.44 $/year 16.14 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 77.96 $/year 58.69 $/year
Typical power consumption 72.31W 54.44W
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+
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