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AMD Athlon X4 845 CPU Review

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AMD Athlon X4 845 Conclusion:

So, this review was a bit of an odd one for me. I normally don't look at $60 CPUs or motherboard as options when building machines for personal use, however I have to admit my eyes were opened a bit by this one. Not only does the new Excavator core design perform exceedingly well at gaming and general use tasks, it actually beats out the more expensive Piledriver chips that are running at much higher clocks in a few tests! Granted, you don't get absolute bleeding edge performance, but for under $60, the AMD Athlon X4 845 is one heck of a deal!

At under $120 for a CPU and motherboard pairing, it doesn't take much imagination to realize you can put together a very capable gaming machine for not a whole lot of Benjamins. The new AMD stock cooler for 95 watt CPUs is excellent all-around, providing worry-free temperatures and very little noise, except when really pushed for long periods of time. This is yet another bonus to this CPU as you don't have to toss the stock cooler, even with a bit of mild overclocking thrown into the mix. The lack of multiplier-based overclocking is a bit of a sore point, as it feels like the CPU has a lot more legs to it than the base clock allows for.

I can honestly say if I was asked to build a budget gaming machine that the AMD Athlon X4 845 would be at the top of the list; a position previously occupied by either Intel i3 CPUs or AMD 6300 series chips. When you can get essentially equivalent performance in games for half the price, it is certainly an easy choice!

 

Pros:

  • Good performance in most applications
  • Excellent gaming performance for the price
  • Efficiency gains for cool and quiet running
  • Excellent single threaded performance
  • Did I mention it's under $60?
  • Did I mention you can pair it with a motherboard for under $120 total?

 

Cons:

  • Only dual modules / quad cores limits performance in parallel applications
  • Overclocking limited by motherboard implementation


 

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