AMD Athlon X2 7750 Reviewajmatson - December 14, 2008
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So, that was a wealth of information wasn't it? What can we say about the AMD Athlon X2 7750 processor? Well, the bottom line is it does what it is designed to do. This not a high end processor, nor is it meant to be. The Athlon X2 7750 is better suited to the mainstream PC user looking for a bit of a boost from past Athlon X2 processors, or older Intel dual-core processors, but don't expect to do any high-end gaming or intensive application suites with this processor. This CPU is great for those who casually use their PC for internet, email, slight multi-tasking, or as a small business workstation. This would also be perfect for an HTPC setup where the video card does the encoding and decoding instead of the processor. In essence, the AMD Athlon X2 shares the same characteristics as the Phenom X4 series with half of the cores, which makes you wonder if this is actually the case.
As for overclocking, I did not get as much headroom from the Athlon X2 as I have with its quad-core counterpart, the Phenom X4 9850. With the Athlon X2, I was only able to get a 477MHz increase, whereas the Phenom X4 9850 I am able to get 700MHz+. This processor does have the unlocked "Black Edition" multiplier, however it does not like anything more that 15.5x stable, or any more than 205MHz as a bus speed. I even threw over 1.5 volts at it briefly, and still would not go any higher. Overall, this is a decent processor for those looking for a casual workstation computer, but if you are a hardcore enthusiast like the majority of readers looking at this review, you would be well off waiting for a faster quad-core CPU from Intel or AMD. I would even suggest waiting to see what the Phenom II brings us at CES 2009.
- Performance on the heels of AMD quad-cores
- "Black Edition" unlocked multiplier
- HyperTransport 3.0
- 2MB shared L3 cache
- Low price at launch
- 65nm manufacturing process
- Not an enthusiast chip