With the launch of the Intel Core 2 CPUs, AMD’s CPUs have taken a back seat in terms of performance in most areas. But the fastest isn’t always the best in all cases. One of the big pushes in the computing industry today is the Green initiative.
Saving energy and the environment is important and every company in the computer industry is pushing forward their own Green initiatives. Today I’m reviewing the AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ and the AMD Athlon X2 3800+, two of AMD’s new energy efficient CPUs.
The 4600+ offers performance very near that of the 5000 in most area with the advantage of lower power consumption than the standard model and much lower power consumption than the highest model AMD CPU on the market, the FX-62. The price of the 4600 is $276, making it an interesting purchase decision. The 3800+ on the other hand is designed for a different market. 35W is a far cry from the 110W the FX-62 takes. The performance of the 3800+ is ok, but considering the other benefits you get from the energy efficiency and dual cores, its worth the price in my opinion.
Published in: CPUs & Chipsets on 2006-09-13