AMD Athlon II 7850 Black Edition AM2+ CPU Reviewajmatson -
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Lately we have seen some of the hottest and fastest processors come to light, blowing our minds and emptying our wallets. What if you don't need all of that power, or want to pay a premium for the bleeding edge - but you don't want last year's leftovers either? Enter the AMD Athlon X2 series. At the end of last year, we took a look at the new Athlon X2 series processors - beginning with the AMD Athlon X2 7750 processor, which gave us a new dual core CPU to play with. While it might not be on the high end, the Athlon X2 series is perfect for those who need decent performance without breaking the bank - say, for workstations or family computers. Enter the AMD Athlon X2 7850. With a price tag under $70, this dual core processor allows you to have the performance you need, at a price you want to pay. So you ask yourself - for $70, what does it have to offer? Well, that is what we are here to find out; but, first let's take a better look at the CPU up close.
The AMD Athlon X2 7850 came packaged in an sample container for testing, however the retail version will include the heatsink fan for you to be able to run it right away.
The Athlon X2 7850 is a socket AM2+ processor with a 940 pin mPGA packaging, running at 2.8GHz. There's 3MB total cache, breaking down to 512KB of L2 cache per core and a 2MB shared L3 cache. The Athlon X2 series is still being manufactured using a 65nm process, and has a maximum TDP of 95 watts. The Athlon X2 7850 also has HyperTransport 3.0, for up to 28.5 GB/s total processor to system bandwidth, and it supports DDR2 memory with a maximum speed of 1066MHz. The AMD Athlon X2 7850 is also a Black Edition processor, which means that it is unlocked - for better overclocking control.
Now that we have seen this beauty, let's plug her in and start the testing.