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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
Significantly higher clock speed 2.6 GHz vs 2.2 GHz Around 20% 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 55 °C More than 25% higher Maximum operating temperature
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AMD Athlon 3500+

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Much newer manufacturing process 65 nm vs 90 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much lower typical power consumption 36.56W vs 72.31W Around 50% lower typical power consumption
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 39.42 $/year vs 77.96 $/year Around 50% lower annual commercial energy cost
Much lower annual home energy cost 10.84 $/year vs 21.44 $/year Around 50% lower annual home energy cost

Features Key features of the Athlon 64 X2 5000+  vs 3500+ 

clock speed

L2 cache

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Athlon 64 X2 5000+  vs
3500+ 
Clock speed 2.6 GHz 2.2 GHz
Cores Dual core Single core
Socket type
AM2
Is unlocked Yes No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE3
SSE
3DNow!
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

details

Athlon 64 X2 5000+  vs
3500+ 
Threads 2 1
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 90 nm 65 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 70°C Unknown - 55°C

power consumption

TDP 89W 45W
Annual home energy cost 21.44 $/year 10.84 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 77.96 $/year 39.42 $/year
Typical power consumption 72.31W 36.56W
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+
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