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AMD Athlon II X4 620 2.6 GHz

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Not having a performance leading product doesn't mean the end of a company. AMD is the hardcore proof of that. Turning its attention to the much larger mainstream market resulted in some great products that offer amazing performance at low price points. This time, AMD has outdone itself, and the recently introduced Athlon II X4 620 could very well be a dream come true for mainstream users, the first ever quad core processor for just under $100.

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Wow, very nice review, I'm so tempted to buy one of these, but I'm waiting for a 3.0GHz stock version.

Been a long time since I've seen a CPU review here.
 
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Nice review, but it will be interesting to see ho they clock on 770 shipset, these are buget Quads after all.
Another question is, do this one unlock? :p
 

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What could it unlock to? I know Omega said it is possible that maybe you could unlock the l3 caches but from what Ive seen, it hasn't really been hindered at all. Im really impressed with the showing and even more impressed to have a CPU reviewed, as newtekie1 said, it has been a long time. I too feel tempted to pick one of these up just for shits and giggles.

One thing I was wondering, how could the Intel Core Quads show so poorly against the AMD stable in a bunch of tests you did, Omega? Not saying it got whooped but in a lot of the tests, it didn't come out on top, unless I was looking at it wrong.
 
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WOW 3.6ghz for 100 bucks :respect:
 

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No printable view is DRIVING ME NUTS!
 

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It's listed as 610 in the review BTW.

I have this chip, and I have really been enjoying it stock! It really feels like my old 955BE, and for the price of the chip it's OMG honestly. I have seen combos really really cheap for it. I bought it with a CF ASUS EVO board for 200 dollars!
 
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DaMulta is right. In all the benchmark charts, it is listed as 610.
 
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isn't this processor old?
 
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isn't this processor old?
No, brand new. Been on the market maybe 2 weeks. I love AMD for this kind of stuff. Reminds me of the IGP 780G when it was released. Everyone complains AMD is not the fastest and can't compete with Intel....so AMD changes the game.

Although I do hope they go after the performance title soon.
 
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No, brand new. Been on the market maybe 2 weeks. I love AMD for this kind of stuff. Reminds me of the IGP 780G when it was released. Everyone complains AMD is not the fastest and can't compete with Intel....so AMD changes the game.

Although I do hope they go after the performance title soon.
ah I ordered a X3 710 because in reviews it shows that the x3 is faster in gaming. I hope it unlocks to 4 cores :p
 
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ah I ordered a X3 710 because in reviews it shows that the x3 is faster in gaming. I hope it unlocks to 4 cores :p
Yeah, the L3 cache helps in gaming. The 620 and 630 have no L3 cache.
 

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Yeah, the L3 cache helps in gaming. The 620 and 630 have no L3 cache.
I might try and do some gaming on it soon. IDK I bet it rocks and rolls, and really isn't that bad at it. I will always say the video card is more important to gaming than the CPU. It will be better for the fact it has 4 cores instead of two or three. I bet some games are hurt by it, while other games run better with no L3.
 
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Have any of you tried unlocking the L3 through ACC ?
 

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One thing I was wondering, how could the Intel Core Quads show so poorly against the AMD stable in a bunch of tests you did, Omega? Not saying it got whooped but in a lot of the tests, it didn't come out on top, unless I was looking at it wrong.
It is because it was the Q8200, low cache and low clock speeds make the Q8200 a pretty poor processor. I think the Q8000 series would have been better at the lower 1066FSB, but with higher clock speeds starting at the 2.66GHz and going up.
 

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Another question is, do this one unlock? :p
Test sample was propus core, unlocking L3 cache not possible. There is a trick how to increase L3 unlock chances when buying new Athlon II X4. Try to look for batch code that ends with xxCYC.


One thing I was wondering, how could the Intel Core Quads show so poorly against the AMD stable in a bunch of tests you did, Omega?
As newtekie1 said, Q8200 is the slowest version of Intel's Quads and it's clocked very low... just 2.33 GHz

It's listed as 610 in the review BTW.
All of the graphs have been fixed and re-uploaded. It should change to 620 soon if not already. Sorry about that, bad typo+c/p error.

hey nice review what about using dBpoweramp for flac/mp3/ogg encoding
http://www.dbpoweramp.com/
and TechARP HD x264 Benchmark for x264 HD encode?
I'm looking for some good multithreading audio encoders, so I'll definitely try dBpoweram, thanks for the tip. As for x264, I am quite happy with current choice and I do believe it accurately shows real life CPU performance when doing such tasks.

thanks for comments guys :eek:
 

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Mine didn't unlock, but o well. I have really thought about buying another one. Great cheap desktop machines IMO.
 
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I might try and do some gaming on it soon. IDK I bet it rocks and rolls, and really isn't that bad at it. I will always say the video card is more important to gaming than the CPU. It will be better for the fact it has 4 cores instead of two or three. I bet some games are hurt by it, while other games run better with no L3.
True, it is not as important and will show variation based on the game be CPU dependent. I am not say don't buy it you are gaming, but if every frame counts you may want to get a X3 720.

And as of right now, even the properly multi-threaded games don't really get any good improvement from 3 to 4 cores. The biggest jump was going from 1 to 2, then a decent one from 2 to 3, but 3 to 4 was less than 10% improvement. Lack of an L3 cache hurts gaming across the board, not a lot but hurts.
 

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A quad core for 100 bucks. It's wonderful :rockout:
 
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Just FYI Omega, its 3hrs later and they are still showing 610 instead of 620. Not sure how long it should take.

Nice review though.
 

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Whell... I did all I could on my part. New and fixed graphs are uped on server. I'm still a rookie here so don't really know how things go. Could be that the review needs a "refresh" from admins.

Someone will fix it asap. Once again, apologies.
 
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Hey, no problem. It took me a few pages to pick it up anyway. :laugh:

Kind of surprised a $100 stripped quad can do so well. Especially when it comes to some of the non gaming benches.

I wish I could find more PCMark Vantage runs for cpu reviews. I think it really helps put "everyday use" performance into perspective especially when comparing processors.
 
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I forsee new hardware purchase for work machines.......
 

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i refreshed our image caching, should show the correct graphs now