AMD Athlon II X4 630
Released January, 2009
The Pros:Fast individual core speed - good for power hungry singled threaded applications. Affordable price for a quad-core CPU. Fast enough for the majority of consumers - including gamers.
The Cons:No shared L3 cache like that found on the more expensive Phenom II line. Cannot compete performance wise or energy efficiency wise compared to similarly marketed Core i5s.
The AMD Athlon II X4 620 is one of two quad-core “Propus” processors released in 2009 as a direct competitor to Intel’s LGA 1156-based Corei5 and Corei7 processors, as well as a peer to AMD’s Phenom II.
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It’s an immediate step up from the 620, as it includes a more powerful 2.8GHz processor. But ultimately, it’s still built for the same goal of challenging the Phenom II with a more affordable solution. This is done by getting rid of the L3 cache, while maintaining all other stats: 45nm architecture, four cores with 512KB L2 cache, and 64-bit support. The AMD Athlon II X4 630 has proven itself especially excellent at overclocking; critics claim to have reached speed of 4.2GHz with air cooling. It’s regular clock-speed — even though faster than the 620 — has been shown to be noticeably slower than the Intel Core i5-750.
- “Propus” Processor
- Quad Core
- 45nm Architecture
- 512KB L2 Cache
- 64-Bit Support
- Improved 2.8GHz Processor
User Reviews (2)
fast individual core speed - good for power hungry singled threaded applications
affordable price for a quad-core CPU
fast enough for the majority of consumers - including gamers
built on AMD's latest 45nm fab process, more energy efficient, and cooler temperatures at faster clockspeeds than older 65nm Phenoms
can be overclocked quite easily to stretch its performance
competes favorably against Intel's older Core 2 Quad architecture (which is still priced higher)
no shared L3 cache like that found on the more expensive Phenom II line
cannot compete performance wise or energy efficiency wise compared to similarly marketed Core i5s
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