AMD "Windsor's" Last Breath
Anh Tuan Huynh
July 31, 2007 6:00 PM
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AMD plans one last "Windsor" based Athlon 64 X2
AMD refuses to kill off its 90nm
core Athlon 64 X2 processors. The
Athlon 64 X2 6000+
is AMD’s fastest dual-core performance processor. The processor launched last February to the tune of 3.0 GHz with a 125-watt TDP.
The model continues to stay on AMD’s roadmap throughout the rest of 2007 and half of 2008. AMD plans a refresher for the Athlon 64 X2 6000+. Instead of moving it to the
core like many other Athlon 64 X2 models, including the 5200+, 5000+, 4800+, 4400+, 4000+, 3600+ and
, the refreshed X2 6000+ sticks to the
The refreshed model drops the thermal ratings down to 89-watts. Still, the reduced thermal envelope is still 24-watts higher than the highest-clocked
– the X2 5200+ at 2.7 GHz. However, the thermals match AMD’s upcoming
Phenom X2 GP-6800
based model slated for Q1’2008.
Despite the impending launch of the Phenom X2 series, the Athlon 64 X2 6000+ remains the only mainstream AMD dual-core desktop processor with a 3.0 GHz clock frequency. The upcoming Phenom X2 series top out around 2.4-to-2.8 GHz when the GP-6800 launches, according to a recent AMD roadmap. AMD does not have any plans to release a 3.0 GHz
on its roadmap yet.
Expect AMD to release 89-watt Athlon 64 X2 6000+ processors next quarter.
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RE: What to do?
8/1/2007 10:39:22 AM
I want a processor that can rip through rendering video
Then I would suggest a Intel Q6600 quad core CPU.
Currently for $280 at ewiz, see link
$100 more for two more cores (which can actually be used by video editing software), can be overclocked and motherboards are ~$150. Best bang for the buck in video processing.
As for harddrives, with 2.5hrs or rendering time HDs are not your bottle neck. I can copy a couple of GBs of data from one HD to another in 15-20 minutes. You can do RAID O, but I don't think it will help much. A better option IMO, would be two 7200rpm 500GB drives, installed as two seperate disks. Have one for OS and source files and the other as a destination drive.
My 2 cents.
RE: What to do?
8/1/2007 3:45:39 PM
I agree with every point here. Stay away from RAID 0 - in my experience it doesn't add much for desktop performance at all. sdsdv10's recommendation would be more reliable, and likely faster than RAID'ing it.
If video rendering is your thing, go with the Intel Q6600 if it's in the budget. Otherwise, the 6000+ is a good option, no big reason to wait for lower-watt version IMO.
RE: What to do?
8/7/2007 2:44:20 AM
A few years back I had 2x80 Gb raid 0 wich actually did feel alot faster than the other hdds in that system. But todays harddrives might be faster than that raid was on a single drive.. its also a risk to put the data on a raid 0.. if one disc fail so will the data on both discs.
If you want the fastest avlible just get a SSD just don't expect good value per Gb.
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