The Athlon 64 3200+ and Testing Platforms

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On the top of it all, the Athlon 64 3200+ processor looks just like its brothers the Opteron and the Athlon 64 FX. On the opposite side you will see the defining difference, only 754 pins instead of 940.

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How does this affect the processor? I’ll go ahead and reuse a table from my Athlon 64 FX-51 review to show you.

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You can clearly see now that the Athlon 64 3200+ processor is lesser than the Athlon 64 FX by the means of the memory controller (64-bit single-channel instead of dual-channel). Other than that, the lack of a need for Registered memory is definitely considered a positive.

The only other catch: the Athlon XP 3200+ is running at 2.0 GHz while the Athlon 64 FX-51 runs at 2.2 GHz.

The prices of the Athlon 64 3200+ is looking to be right around $410 compared to the Athlon FX’s $725.

The Athlon 64 processor also has the benefit of competition amoung motherboard chipsets and vendors – this means a wider selection of products for consumers. For this review I have a VIA K8T800 chipset motherboard from MSI to test on (don’t worry, I will be doing a full review on the MSI K8T Neo motherboard and other K8T800 boards when I return from Computex). For now, we are using it basically as a VIA reference board.

The system configurations for these benchmarks are identical to those in the Athlon 64 FX-51 review where possible. Obviously the motherboard and processor must change, and we reverted to using Corsair memory for better timings.

Athlon 64 3200+ Test System Setup
CPU 1 x Athlon 64 3200+ GHz @ 2.0 GHz
Motherboards MSI K8T Neo K8T800 Motherboard
Chipset Drivers VIA Hyperion 4.49
Memory 2 x 512MB Corsair Micro DDR DRAM
Hard Drive 80 GB 7200 RPM IBM EIDE
Video Card NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 Ultra
Video Drivers Detonator 51.75
Operating System Windows XP w/ Service Pack 1

Intel Pentium 4 Test System Setup
CPU 1 x Intel P4 3.2 GHz
Motherboards Chaintech 9CJS 875 Canterwood
Chipset Drivers Intel INF 1003
Memory 2 x 512MB Corsair Micro DDR DRAM
Hard Drive 80 GB 7200 RPM IBM EIDE
Video Card NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 Ultra
Video Drivers Detonator 51.75
Operating System Windows XP w/ Service Pack 1

Athlon XP Test System Setup
CPU 1 x Athlon XP 3200+ GHz @ 2.2 GHz
Motherboards Abit NF7-S nForce2 Ultra 400
Chipset Drivers NVIDIA Platform 2.65
Memory 2 x 512MB Corsair Micro DDR DRAM
Hard Drive 80 GB 7200 RPM IBM EIDE
Video Card NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 Ultra
Video Drivers Detonator 51.75
Operating System Windows XP w/ Service Pack 1

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