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Front view of AMD Athlon X2 3600+

Reasons to consider the
AMD Athlon X2 3600+

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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
Significantly lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 72.31W More than 25% lower typical power consumption
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 21.44 $/year More than 25% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 77.96 $/year More than 25% lower annual commercial energy cost
Front view of 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 1.9 GHz More than 35% higher clock speed
Much better PassMark score 1,497 vs 969 Around 55% better PassMark score
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 70 °C vs 49 °C Around 45% higher Maximum operating temperature
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.13 GHz vs 2.58 GHz More than 20% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.39 GHz vs 2.71 GHz More than 25% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Athlon X2 3600+ vs 64 X2 5000+

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Athlon X2 3600+
52.3 MB/s
Athlon 64 X2 5000+
64.85 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Athlon X2 3600+  vs
64 X2 5000+ 
Clock speed 1.9 GHz 2.6 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
939
AM2
754
Is unlocked No Yes

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 X2 3600+  vs
64 X2 5000+ 
Threads 2 2
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm 90 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 49°C Unknown - 70°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.58 GHz 3.13 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.71 GHz 3.39 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 627.6 1,518.5
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.58 GHz 3.13 GHz

power consumption

TDP 65W 89W
Annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year 21.44 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year 77.96 $/year
Performance per watt 0.63 pt/W 0.61 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 72.31W
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