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AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-68


$385.00 Released December, 2007

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Fastest in it's class. Dual Core. Dual memory mode when using identical sticks of RAM.

The Cons:TL-60 is the only processor in this family that can run the full DDR2-667 memory speed.

The AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-68 is a top of the line, dual core 2.4GHz mobile computer processor. This is the fastest of the group in even though it shares the same power consumption rating as the TL-62/64/66(35W TDP or Thermal Design Power).

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Although having a seven month later release date than the other models, the technology and build are the same. 65nm Silicon-Germanium based core makes it smaller and able to run on less power, as is the case with the rest of this family. Gaming and multi-tasking are improved not only by a faster processor, but also by having a dual core. When using identical sticks of RAM, dual memory mode is enabled to access two streams of RAM at once which reduces the bottleneck data effect. These CPU's have become the main alternative to Intel's Core 2 Duo line of mobile processors owing to their comparable performance and competitive pricing. Using an integrated graphics card in conjunction with these puts them on par with the Intel mobile line in terms of performance as well.

Features

  • 2.4 GHz dual core
  • 65 nm Silicon-Germanium build
  • Dual memory controller
  • PowerNow! speed throttling technology saves power and extends life of CPU
  • 35W TDP(power consumption)
  • Designed for mobile computers

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    Fastest in it's class

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    Dual memory mode when using identical sticks of RAM

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    TL-60 is the only processor in this family that can run the full DDR2-667 memory speed

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Nick: #amd_turion_64_x2_tl_68 At the top of this article this is mentioned:

The Pros: ... (AND)

The Cons: TL-60 is the only processor in this family that can run the full DDR2-667 memory speed.

I don't understand this data:

1) What is the full total DDR2-667 memory speed capability?

2) WHY IS the TL-60 "the only processor in this family (of AMD Turion 64X2 processors) that can run the FULL DDR2-667 memory speed"?

3) Why can the TL-68 not run the full DDR2-667 memory speed? Why is that? This processor is more advanced than the TL-60 in every other respect. You would think the manufacturer AMD would have made this to run full memory speed just the same as the TL-60.

4) Lastly, if the TL-60 is the only processor in this family that can run the full DDR2-667 memory speed, does that also mean that the TL-62, TL-64, & TL-66 are also inferior to the TL-60 in the same respect as well???

I have a used TL-60 in my machine right now. It seem to work pretty good. It's a huge step up from the worthless Sempron that my Inspiron 1501 came with. However I was interested in upgrading to the best processor available for my chipset. I thought that this would be it.

I wonder if the difference of 0.4GHz makes enough difference to make the swap worth it in light of the idea that it cannot run as high of a memory speed as the TL-60.

Hrmm... Questions to ponder. Any comments or advice would be helpful. Thanks May 2, 13
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