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AMD 5000+ Black Edition AM2 X2 Processor Review

Former staff writer    -   January 17, 2008
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Testing:

Testing of the 5000+ BE will be performed by running our suite of system tests as well as gaming benchmarks and real world play to gauge the performance of the CPU. The omission of Intel comparison benchmarks is obvious since right now Intel is the speed king. We will rather test to see if there are any benefits to running the lower clocked 2.6 GHz 5000+ with 512KB per core L2 Cache vs. the 3.0 GHz 6000+ with 1MB per core L2 Cache.

Testing Setup:

 

Overclocking:

Overclocking the 5000+ Black Edition couldn't be easier. Head into the BIOS and start the upward climb of the multiplier. Of course, for total system enhancement, you will want to adjust the memory and HTT as well, but for this review we will just be dealing with the CPU and increasing the multiplier to test the performance of the CPU. Highest benchmark stable clock was 16x200MHz at 1.4V for a CPU speed of 3200MHz. The other benefit is that with the 16x multiplier, the RAM divider is 8 and allows the memory to be run at 400. The 5000+ was able to boot into Windows at 16.5x200MHz at 1.5V but was not benchmark stable. I believe the motherboard was the bottleneck as there were no voltage adjustments other than CPU and Memory. With a little push on the HTT voltage, it should have been stable.

 

 

 

Benchmarks:

  • Scientific & Data:
  1. Apophysis
  2. WinRAR
  3. SpecviewPerf 10
  4. PCMark05 Professional
  5. Sandra XII
  6. ScienceMark 2.02 Final
  7. Cinebench 10
  8. HD Tune 2.54
  • Video:
  1. F.E.A.R
  2. Bioshock
  3. Call of Duty 4
  4. Quake 4
  5. Need for Speed: Most Wanted
  6. 3DMark 06
  7. Crysis



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Installation
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing (Setup, Overclocking & Benchmarks)
  5. Testing (Apophysis, WinRar)
  6. Testing (SpecView)
  7. Testing (PcMark05 Professional)
  8. Testing (Sisoft Sandra XII Professional)
  9. Testing (ScienceMark, Cinebench, HdTune)
  10. Testing (F.E.A.R.)
  11. Testing (BioShock)
  12. Testing (Call of Duty 4)
  13. Testing (Quake 4)
  14. Testing (Need For Speed Most Wanted)
  15. Testing (3Dmark 06)
  16. Testing (Crysis)
  17. Conclusion
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