AMD Athlon X2 7850 BE
Released April, 2009
The Pros:Affordable price. High clock speed (2.8GHz stock, 3.1GHz attainable). Great value for gamers.
The Cons:Built on the 65nm process - limited overclocking headroom and energy savings. Same TDP as higher end triple and quad cores from AMD.
Introduced in late April 2009, the AMD Athlon X2 7850 BE is an updated version of the 7750 BE that operates at 100MHz faster at 2.8GHz. Built on a K10 quad-core design with two disabled cores, the X2 7850 BE enjoys a considerable performance advantage over the older X2 series, and can be further overclocked through use of it's unlocked multiplier - making it ideal for gaming enthusiasts on a budget.
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This is also due to the fact that the vast majority of games remain limited when it comes to the use of multiple threads, relying on individual core speed rather than the number of cores.
- Kuma core - Phenom based, 2 cores disabled, requires AM2+ motherboard for 3600MHz HyperTransport
- 2.8Ghz core speeds
- 1MB L2 cache, 2MB shared L3 cache
- 95W TDP
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high clock speed (2.8GHz stock, 3.1GHz attainable)
unlocked multiplier for easy overclocking
built on the 65nm process - limited overclocking headroom and energy savings
same TDP as higher end triple and quad cores from AMD
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