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CPU Core Details

CPU Codename Brisbane Brisbane
MoBo Socket Socket AM2 Socket AM2
Notebook CPU no no
Release Date 05 Jun 2007 05 Dec 2006
CPU Link GD Link GD Link
Approved

CPU Technical Specifications

{
CPU Cores 2 2
CPU Threads 2 2
Clock Speed 2.1 GHz 2.7 GHz
Turbo Frequency - -
System Bus - 800 MHz
Max TDP 45 W 65 W
Lithography 65 nm 65 nm
Bit Width 64 Bit 64 Bit
Max Temperature 78°C 72°C
Virtualization Technology no no

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size 256 KB 256 KB
L2 Cache Size 1024 KB 1024 KB
L3 Cache Size - -
Memory Types
Memory Channels 2 2
ECC Memory Support no no

CPU Graphics

Integrated Graphics no no
Base GPU Frequency - -
Max GPU Frequency - -
DirectX - -
Displays Supported - -

CPU Mini Review

Mini Review Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core BE-2350 is a middle-class Processor based on the 65nm K8 micro-architecture. It offers 2 Physical Cores (2 Logical), clocked at 2.1GHz and 1MB of L2 Cache. Among its many features, Virtualization is activated. The processor DOES NOT integrated any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 45W. Its performance is below the average and so most demanding games will not run optimally. Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 5200+ is a middle-class Processor based on the 65nm K8 micro-architecture. It offers 2 Physical Cores (2 Logical), clocked at 2.7GHz and 2MB of L2 Cache. Among its many features, Virtualization is activated. The processor DOES NOT integrated any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 65W. Its performance is below the average and so most demanding games will not run optimally.

Gaming Performance Comparison

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 5200+ is very slightly better than the AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core BE-2350 when it comes to running the latest games. This also means it will be less likely to bottleneck more powerful GPUs, allowing them to achieve more of their gaming performance potential.

Both the Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core BE-2350 and the Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 5200+ were released at the same time, so are likely to be quite similar.

{ The Core BE-2350 and the Core 5200+ both have 2 cores, and so are quite likely to struggle with the latest games, or at least bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them. With a decent accompanying GPU, theCore BE-2350 and the Core 5200+ may still be able to run slightly older games fairly effectively.

Both the AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core BE-2350 and the AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 5200+ have the same number of threads. Both CPUs have one thread per physical core.

Multiple threads are useful for improving the performance of multi-threaded applications. Additional cores and their accompanying thread will always be beneficial for multi-threaded applications. Hyperthreading will be beneficial for applications optimized for it, but it may slow others down. For games, the number of threads is largely irrelevant, as long as you have at least 2 cores (preferably 4), and hyperthreading can sometimes even hit performance.

More important for gaming than the number of cores and threads is the clock rate. Problematically, unless the two CPUs are from the same family, this can only serve as a general guide and nothing like an exact comparison, because the clock cycles per instruction (CPI) will vary so much.

The Core BE-2350 and the Core 5200+ are from the same family of CPUs, and thus their clock speeds are directly comparable. With this in mind, it is safe to say that with a 0.6 GHz faster base clock rate, the Core 5200+ manages to provide significantly better performance than the <span class='gpu1Mention'>Core BE-2350</span>.

Aside from the clock rate, the next-most important CPU features for PC game performance are L2 and L3 cache size. Faster than RAM, the more cache available, the more data that can be stored for lightning-fast retrieval. L1 Cache is not usually an issue anymore for gaming, with most high-end CPUs eking out about the same L1 performance, and L2 is more important than L3 - but L3 is still important if you want to reach the highest levels of performance. Bear in mind that although it is better to have a larger cache, the larger it is, the higher the latency, so a balance has to be struck.

The Core BE-2350 and the Core 5200+ have the same L2 cache size, and neither CPU appears to have an L3 cache. They even have the same L1 cache size, so are identical in terms of cache size.

The maximum Thermal Design Power is the power in Watts that the CPU will consume in the worst case scenario. The lithography is the semiconductor manufacturing technology being used to create the CPU - the smaller this is, the more transistors that can be fit into the CPU, and the closer the connections. For both the lithography and the TDP, it is the lower the better, because a lower number means a lower amount of power is necessary to run the CPU, and consequently a lower amount of heat is produced.