AMD AM2 4200+ Vs. AMD 939 4200+ CPU'sBosco - October 21, 2006
: GF City Computers
Price: $179 USD
It’s that time again folks. That’s right, AMD has finally, after many setbacks, released their new socket type. Titled AM2, which uses 940 pins, AMD has used this as the opportunity to move up to newer, and cheaper, DDR2 memory. AMD has long been the underdog in the processor business, but in recent years, especially with their last release of processors, it has come out on top. Having a very strong lineup behind it, this left us with high expectations for this new line of processors.
AMD started as a producer of logic chips in 1969, then entered the RAM chip business in 1975. That same year, it introduced a reverse-engineered clone of the Intel 8080 microprocessor. During this period AMD also designed and produced a series of bit-slice processor elements (Am2900, Am29116, Am293xx) which were used in various minicomputer designs. The company continued buying and building to become what it is today.
Previously looked at as a second option, AMD is now competing head to head with Intel in the processor market, holding the crown for gaming processors. Anyone into serious gaming will most likely have one of AMD’s processors in their machine. With this release of a new socket, it had us at Overclockersclub on the edge of our seats. As soon as we were able to get a hold of one of these chips, we put it though the OCC standard of tests. This review will be more of an article than a simple review, as we will not only be looking at the AMD AM2 4200+, but we will also be comparing it against its counterpart, the 939 4200+, showing you where the real performance is.
When I received this processor I was a bit more excited than usual, as this is a totally new technology. As always with any product, I checked out the packaging. The processor came to me in the standard retail packaging: box with the processor, HSF (heatsink fan), and the instructions. Along with a new socket, AMD has also opted for a new design of box. Looking similar to the 939 boxes, the AM2 comes equipped with a new look as well as a sticker denoting the socket type.
When looking in the box, I saw nothing out of the ordinary and coming with the standard set of accessories (heatsink fan combo).
AMD has opted for a different arrangement when it comes to the pins design. This may partially be due to the jump to DDR2 memory.
The cooler that AMD packages with this processor looks similar to the coolers found with the single core Athlon 64 socket 939 series of processors. A little lackluster, though this is to be expected from a stock cooler. It would be nice to see manufacturers packaging beefier coolers, as cooler IS better. This heatsink comes direct with TMI (Thermal Material Interface AKA Thermal compound) in the form of a pad stuck on the middle of the base of the unit. This provides for easy installation, as it does not require adding your own thermal compound. If you are looking for the best performance, it would be beneficial to replace this with a better performing paste.