AMD Athlon II 7850 Black Edition AM2+ CPU Reviewajmatson -
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So what have we seen during these tests? While the AMD Athlon X2 7850 might not be as fast as the triple and quad core processors in raw power, it does hold its own - beating out the Athlon X2 7750 in the majority of the tests, as well as the Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 in some as well. Overall, I was impressed with the increased performance of the X2 7850 in the dual core sector. With all of the top end processors released lately, the mid-range has been forgotten, and it is nice to see a refresh available for those who need a budget conscious processor. If you are in the market for a dual core processor, or looking for a great priced processor for that family computer, then the AMD Athlon X2 7850 will fit that bill nicely. If you are looking for top end speed, then the dual core X2 7850 will not be enough for you, like a triple core or quad core would be. All in all, it does what it is supposed to do, and for that the X2 series offers the best bang for the buck, plain and simple. One thing I would have like to have seen from a dual core processor released in these fast times is support for DDR3. Having the option to use this CPU on both and AM2+ and AM3 motherboards with DDR3 support, like the Phenom II series, would have made this processor number one in the mid-range processor market.
- Very competitively priced
- Increased performance for the dual core sector
- Supports DDR2 up to 1066Mhz
- Low overclocking headroom
- No DDR3 support