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CPU Core Details

CPU Codename SledgeHammer Denmark
MoBo Socket Socket 939 Socket 939
Notebook CPU no no
Release Date 01 Jun 2004 02 Aug 2005
CPU Link GD Link GD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

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CPU Cores 1 2
CPU Threads 1 -
Clock Speed 2.4 GHz 2 GHz
Turbo Frequency - -
Max TDP 89 W 110 W
Lithography 130 nm 90 nm
Bit Width 64 Bit -
Max Temperature 70°C -
Virtualization Technology no no

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size 128 KB 256 KB
L2 Cache Size 1024 KB 2048 KB
L2 Cache Speed - -
L3 Cache Size - -
Memory Types
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 FX-53 is an entry-level Processor based on the 130nm K8 micro-architecture. It offers 1 Physical Core (1 Logical), clocked at 2.4GHz and 1MB of L2 Cache. No relevant technologies are activated in a way the processor doesn't even support Virtualization. The processor DOES NOT integrate any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 89W. Its performance is below the average and so most demanding games will not run optimally. Opteron is AMD's x86 server and workstation processor line, and was the first processor to implement the AMD64 instruction set architecture (known generically as x86-64). It was released on April 22, 2003 with the SledgeHammer core (K8) and was intended to compete in the server and workstation markets, particularly in the same segment as the Intel Xeon processor. Processors based on the AMD K10 microarchitecture (codenamed Barcelona) were announced on September 10, 2007 featuring a new quad-core configuration. The most-recently released Opteron CPUs are the 8- and 12-core Socket G34 Opterons, code-named Magny-Cours.

Gaming Performance Comparison

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 is marginally better than the AMD Opteron 170 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 FX-53 and the Opteron 170 were released at the same time, so are likely to be quite similar.

The 2 has 1 more core than the Athlon 64 FX-53. However, while the 2 will probably perform better than the Athlon 64 FX-53, both CPUs are likely to struggle with the latest games, and will almost certainly bottleneck high-end graphics cards. { Both CPUs also have quite low clock frequencies, which means recent games will have to be played at low settings, assuming you own an equivalently powerful GPU.

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 Athlon 64 FX-53 and Opteron 170 are not from the same family of CPUs, so their clock speeds are by no means directly comparable. Bear in mind, then, that while the Athlon 64 FX-53 has a 0.4 GHz faster frequency, this is not always an indicator that it will be superior in performance, despite frequency being crucial when trying to avoid GPU bottlenecking. In this case, however, the difference is enough that it possibly indicates the superiority of the 2.

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 <span class='gpu2Mention'>Opteron 170</span> has a 1024 KB bigger L2 cache than the <span class='gpu1Mention'>Athlon 64 FX-53</span>, but neither of the CPUs have L3 caches, so the <span class='gpu2Mention'>Opteron 170</span> wins out in this area with its larger L2 cache.

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.