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AMD Athlon II X4 620 and X4 630 Quad-core Processors Review - Redefining Budget Machines

Author: Josh Walrath
Subject: Processors
Manufacturer: AMD

Question of Cost

    For this test I use the Gigabyte GA-MA785GPMT-UD2H, which is a very robust micro-ATX board with 4+1 phase power, not to mention all the Ultra Durable 3 features (solid caps, 2 oz. copper, low RDS mosfets).  The board uses the above mentioned 785G chipset, which features the Radeon HD 4200 graphics portion.  It is a $95 part, but it throws essentially the kitchen sink at the user in terms of available features.

Power counts.  Again, other motherboard guys kit out their G41 boards a bit more than what Intel does here.

    The Intel side uses the DG41TY desktop board, which features the G41 chipset.  This is a budget minded board at $67, and it is very basic in what it offers.  No E-SATA, no Firewire, no 7.1 channel audio, and is rather mundane in the quality of power components used around the board.

    Each solution uses either 4 GB of DDR-3 1333 or 4 GB DDR-2 1066 memory.  The AMD part uses the DDR-3, while Intel sticks with the less expensive DDR-2.

    When all products are totaled up (motherboard, memory, and processor), the Athlon II X4 620 setup comes in at $294, the Athlon II X4 630 at $317, and the Core 2 E8500 at $327.

Test Components

Athlon II X4 620 and 630

Intel Core 2 E8500

Gigabyte GA-MA785GPMT-UD2H

Intel DG41TY Desktop Motherboard

OCZ Platinum DDR-3 1600 2 x 2 GB @ timings running at DDR-3 1333 speeds

G-Skill Pi DDR-2 1066 2 x 2 GB @ timings running at DDR-2 800 speeds

Corsair TX750 Power Supply

Seagate 7200.11 1 TB Hard Drive

Lite-On DVD-R/RW Drive

Windows 7

Catalyst 9.9 Drivers

Intel Integrated Drivers Rev. 15154

The Athlon II X4, sweating for all it is worth on the test bench.

    The desktop resolution is set at 1920 x 1200, which is the maximum resolution of the G41 motherboard.  The 785G officially supports up to 2560x1600, but this particular board caused graphics corruption at that resolution.  CnQ and Speedstep are enabled throughout testing to reflect what is likely to be the most common usage.

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