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Front view of AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+

Reasons to consider the
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+

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Significantly higher clock speed 2.6 GHz vs 1.6 GHz Around 65% higher clock speed
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
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.13 GHz vs 2.4 GHz More than 30% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better PassMark (Single core) score 779 vs 449 Around 75% better PassMark (Single core) score
More cores 2 vs 1 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.39 GHz vs 1.6 GHz More than 2x better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Better PassMark score 1,497 vs 374 More than 4x better PassMark score
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 90 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
Better performance per watt 2.19 pt/W vs 0.61 pt/W More than 3.5x better performance per watt

Benchmarks Real world tests of Athlon 64 X2 5000+ vs 2600+

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Athlon 64 X2 5000+  vs
2600+ 
Clock speed 2.6 GHz 1.6 GHz
Cores Dual core Single core
Socket type
AM2

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
2600+ 
Threads 2 1
L2 cache 1 MB 0.5 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 90 nm 65 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 70°C Unknown - 85°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.13 GHz 2.4 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.39 GHz 1.6 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.13 GHz 2.4 GHz

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
Performance per watt 0.61 pt/W 2.19 pt/W
Typical power consumption 72.31W 12.19W
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+
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