On June 1, 2004, we saw the debut of AMD’s latest Socket change and enthusiasts seeking AMD’s 64-bit chips can rest assured that there will be no near future Socket changes. Today, we will be looking at AMD’s latest Socket 754 chip, the 3700+, clocked in at 2.4 GHz. This clock speed is the same speed as the FX 53 chips, featuring a 1 megabyte L2 cache as well. The only difference between the two chips, sans the socket difference, is the memory support. While both chips support DDR, the 3700+ is capable of only single channel DDR while the FX series works best in dual channel configuration.
…The numbers are quite impressive. AMD has made a 180 and their progress is similar to that when they broke the 1 GHz barrier. When people saw the mediocre and lack luster performance on the XP chips people and were upset when they found out A64 chips kept missing the launch date. Finally the A64 chips are here and they are progressing incredibly fast. The 3700+ like the 3400+ performs on par as a FX53 and FX 51 respectively. The only problem that is plaguing the line of the regular A64 "Joe" chips is the socket, Socket 754. Now that Socket 939 has debuted people can now buy dual channel configuration. The only snag to purchasing the Socket 939 and not shelling out the big bucks for an FX chip, is the halving the L2 cache of the number series for Socket 939. However, Socket 754 chips have 1 meg of L2 cache. This cache varies depending on the applications used, so purchase your processor carefully with your intentions in mind.
AMD Athlon 64 3700+ CPU Review @ AMDReview
Published in: CPUs & Chipsets on 2004-06-24