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Monday, 15 November 2010 06:27

AMD Athlon II X4 645 in the labs - Conclusion

Written by Eliot Kucharik

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Review: Slight speed pump for the Athlons

 

 

Before we render a conclusion, let's have a look at the overall benchmark results:

x4_645_benchmarks

Because we had no X4 640 at hand, we just reduced the multiplier by 0.5x to get results. As you can see the X4 645 is just 1.7% faster then it's 100MHz slower counterpart.

 

Costs:

Luckily for us, the memory prices are down again. For €60,- you can now get a 4GB kit @1333MHz and CL7. CPU prices are quite stable, but AMD did reduced some of them two weeks ago, which also shows. We stick with our MSI 785GM-E65 board, because we think the quality is much better as the new 890GX reincarnation. On the Intel side we choose this time the MSI H55M-ED55 which droppeld from €99 to under €75 and is just about €3 more expensive as the 785GM-E65. The aged HD4850 is now available for under €80 which it makes it a bargain, compared to the HD5770 or HD6850 and will suffice for moderate gaming.

x4_645_costs

 

Conclusion:

We are not very fond of the 100/133MHz increases of any manufacture on any CPU. It's quite senseless to increase the frequency so little in the 3GHz age, because it does not make much difference, besides the money the companies will cash it for. AMD saucily charges you with €12/$16 for just 100MHz. Of course Intel does the same with it's CPUs and we don't think that's fair to the customers.

The Athlon II X4 645 is available for about €94.50 or around $116,- while the 100MHz slower Athlon II X4 640 costs you only €81,95 or shy of $100,-. It's quite an achievment for AMD to offer four cores at this price-range and even for gamers, this CPUs should suffice. The more powerful Phenom II X4 945 with 3GHz does cost considerable more with about €119,- or $136,-.

If you are a gamer on a budget any Athlon II X4 will do fine, even when games are sadly not optimzied on the AMD platform. A potent graphics-card will always be more crucial for good framerates then a faster CPU. The overclocking potential has not increased with the faster parts but speed is adequate. Everybody who needs more potential will go with the X6 line, everybody else does nothing wrong buying an AMD Athlon X4.

 

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+4 #1 guideX 2010-11-15 08:28
Cannot say i fully understood a single page of this review.
 
 
+3 #2 stoneeh 2010-11-15 08:34
speed bump, actually
 
 
+2 #3 genetix 2010-11-15 09:01
Not that its' relayted to this article, but it's still fully any people trust or benchmarks with Entech/FutureMark benhcmarks. They haven't understood hardware in years and it truly shows here at 3DMark.

As for article I honestly think the 5 pages shows all needed for the released new core.
 
 
-2 #4 hellfire 2010-11-15 09:51
Quote:
Slight speed pump for the Athlons

erm..speed...Pump? what is that?
Quote:
Before we render a conclusion, let's have a look at the overall benchmark results

O_O...oh thank you for looking at benches before the conclusion
Quote:
We are not very fond of the 100/133MHz increases of any manufacture on any CPU

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Quote:
even when games are sadly not optimzied on the AMD platform

optimised on AMD platform? erm..if you talkin bout GPU its ok but cpu..
 
 
+6 #5 CRoland 2010-11-15 10:39
Quote:
We are not very fond of the 100/133MHz increases of any manufacture on any CPU. It's quite senseless to increase the frequency so little in the 3GHz age, because it does not make much difference, besides the money the companies will cash it for.


Not sure about Intel, but whenever AMD does one of these across-the-line speed bumps, the new models replace the slower ones, in effect making the CPU at any price point faster.
 
 
-12 #6 Tr0y 2010-11-15 10:41
Does the world really need a million different AMD processors with only slightly different clock speeds?

We now have the whole spectrum between 2,7 and 3,6 GHz covered with 0,1GHz steps.

Why would I go for a 3,4GHz CPU when I can get a 3,5GHz for (almost) the same price? :o
 
 
-15 #7 HiTechpro 2010-11-15 11:49
AMD CPU and GPU is the cheap and slow poormans PC parts,discount parts.
 
 
+1 #8 loadwick 2010-11-15 12:27
that is a seriously poor overclocking sample you have there. I am not trying to brag i am just wondering if you tried everything to get it working at higher frequences. I needed to increase many voltages to get mine stable. I bought a X4 620 (2.8GHz) and run every voltage at stock and get 3.6GHz out of it. I had so got it stable above 4GHz but there was a lot heat to deal with and not worth it because of the noise.

Did you try dropping the multiplier and running the FSB really high? I mine goes to 320MHz without a problem.
 
 
+1 #9 Haberlandt 2010-11-15 15:39
Quote:
A potent graphics-card will always be more crucial for good framerates then a faster CPU.



Maybe a couple of years ago, but as broken as games are nowadays, I highly doubt it.
 
 
-8 #10 AndromedaB 2010-11-15 16:51
Once you buy AMD, you don't go back... to AMD.. ever again
 

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