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Athlon 64 3200+ Venice Core Processor Review

Author: Ryan Shrout
Subject: Processors
Manufacturer: AMD
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Test Setup and Overclocking Results

Test Setup


For our testing, I used what I thought was the best overclocking motherboard I had within my reach, and that was the recently reviewed DFI LanParty SLI-DR motherboard based on the nForce4 SLI chipset.  I compared the 2.0 GHz Athlon 64 3200+ Venice core processor against a Newcastle core at the same frequency.  Of course, an overclocked processor was in there as well, but more on that in just a sec.




































AMD Test System Setup


CPU


AMD Athlon 64 3200+ @ 2.0 GHz "Newcastle" core (Socket 939)
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ @ 2.0 GHz "Venice" core (Socket 939)


Motherboards


DFI LanParty NF4 SLI-DR


Power Supply 


Antec 480 watt


Memory 


2x512MB Corsair Micro XMS4400


Hard Drive


250 GB Maxtor 7200 RPM SATA


Sound Card


Creative Labs Live!


Video Card


ATI X800 XT


Video Drivers


ATI Catalyst 4.11


DirectX Version


DX 9.0c


Operating System


Windows XP w/ Service Pack 1


CPU-Z Screens



The Newcastle 3200+



The Venice 3200+


You can see that both the Newcastle and the Venice still have 512 KB of L2 cache, run at 2.0 GHz but the Venice has SSE3 instructions as the only differentiating factor we can see.


Overclocking


With a new 90nm core and a new lower voltage setting, overclocking the Venice core 3200+ was something I was really eager to do.  I left the multiplier at its default 10x and started pushing the CPU frequency up.  I was interested in finding the limit on this new processor, keeping all else equal. 


The results were nothing short of amazing, as I was able to reach 2.8 GHz on the standard 1.4v voltage and with standard AMD air cooling.




I have little doubt that with some quality water cooling and voltage modifications, this core could reach 3.0 GHz and beyond.  But, let's see how this puppy performs at these speeds.


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