Introduction & specifications
Today we will take a look at AMD:s newest consumer class quadcore processor, the AMD Athlon II X4 635. With Athlon II X4 series you get quadcore cpu for around 100$. Let’s see how this performs against Intel’s product priced in same range and how well it compares with a little more expensive AMD Phenom series.
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Model Number, Core Frequency & Price: X4 635 / 2.9GHz
L1 Cache Size: 64K of L1 instruction and 64K of L1 data cache per core (512KB total L1 per processor)
L2 Cache Sizes: 512KB of L2 data cache per core (2MB total L2 per processor)
Memory Controller Type: Integrated 128-bit wide memory controller *
Memory Controller Speed: Up to 2.0GHz with Dual Dynamic Power Management
Types of Memory Supported: Unregistered DIMMs up to PC2-8500 (DDR2-1066MHz) -AND- PC3-10600 (DDR3-1333MHz)
HyperTransport 3.0 Specification: One 16-bit/16-bit link @ up to 4.0GHz full duplex (2.0GHz x2)
Packaging: Socket AM3 938-pin organic micro pin grid array (micro-PGA)
Process Technology: 45-nanometer DSL SOI (silicon-on-insulator) technology
Approximate Die Size: 169 mm2
Approximate Transistor count: ~300 million
Nominal Voltage: 0.875-1.425V
Max TDP: 95 Watts
Athlon II X4 635 is AM3 based processors like most of the new AMD processors are. It has both DDR2 and DDR3 memory controllers making it compatible with AM2/AM2+ motherboards, as long as your bios supports it. This is consumer class cpu priced around 130$ and fastest Athlon II class processor available at this time. Nothing fancy to say about the looks of the processors, it looks just like any other AM2/AM3 processor manufactured by AMD.
CPU-Z recognizes the processor correctly showing it has a codenape “Propus” and that its made with 45nm technology. Also it clearly shows that it has frequency of 2900MHz with 4x512KB (2MB total) L2 cache.