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Front view of AMD Athlon X2 5200+

Reasons to consider the
AMD Athlon X2 5200+

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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 higher clock speed 2.7 GHz vs 2 GHz More than 35% higher clock speed
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 810 vs 573 More than 40% better PassMark (Single core) score
More cores 2 vs 1 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More threads 2 vs 1 Twice as many threads
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.61 GHz vs 2.69 GHz Around 35% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Significantly lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 72.31W More than 25% lower typical power consumption
Newer Aug, 2010 vs May, 2006 Release date over 4 years later
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.38 GHz vs 2.87 GHz Around 20% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
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 3200+

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AMD Athlon 64 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
Higher Maximum operating temperature 70 °C vs 68 °C Around 5% higher Maximum operating temperature

Benchmarks Real world tests of Athlon X2 5200+ vs 64 3200+

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 5200+
54.2 MB/s
Athlon 64 3200+
52.6 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

x264 HD 4.0

Athlon X2 5200+
22.23 fps
Athlon 64 3200+
8.98 fps

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Athlon X2 5200+  vs
64 3200+ 
Clock speed 2.7 GHz 2 GHz
Cores Dual core Single core
Socket type
AM3
AM2
754

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE3
SSE
3DNow!
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

details

Athlon X2 5200+  vs
64 3200+ 
Threads 2 1
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm 130 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature 55 - 68°C Unknown - 70°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.61 GHz 2.69 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.38 GHz 2.87 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 1,603.5 942.2
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.61 GHz 2.69 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 0.78 pt/W 0.34 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 72.31W
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