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AMD Athlon X2 BE-2350 Processor Review

Author: Ryan Shrout
Subject: Processors
Manufacturer: AMD
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Test Setup and Benchmarks

Finding the right product to test against the new AMD BE-2350 processor turned out to be a bit of a problem as Intel really has no options at this price level. The lowest cost Core 2 processor will you nearly double what the BE-2350 costs so comparisons between the two would obviously be heavily in Intel’s favor.  However, I still wanted to be able to compare the processor to SOMETHING so I included the numbers from our recent AMD 690G review that used the Athlon X2 5200+ CPU



In fact, that was the same platform that the BE-2350 was tested on as well: the AMD 690G motherboards make a great SFF or HTPC option as they are low power motherboards and offer integrated video as well. 


































AMD Athlon X2 BE-2350 Test System Setup


CPU


AMD Athlon X2 BE-2350
AMD Athlon X2 5200+


Motherboards


Asus M2A-VM RS690 Motherboard


Memory 


Corsair TWIN2X2048-6400C4


Hard Drive


Western Digital Raptor 150 GB - Review


Sound Card


Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Value


Video Card


NVIDIA 7600 GT
Integrated Video Where Indicated


Video Drivers


100.65


DirectX Version


DX 9.0c / 10


Operating System


Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit


Benchmarks:




  • SiSoft Sandra XI


  • Windows Media Encoder 9 x64

  • LAME MT

  • WinRAR 3.80 beta7


  • 3DMark06 


  • PCMark05


  • CineBench 9.5 64-bit

The benchmarks we used here are only a short list of our entire suite of tests – the BE-2350 isn’t going to be breaking any speed records but we did want to at least show the general performance characteristics.