AMD is back and back with a bang, with the introduction of two new models into the market - the Athlon II X4 620 and Athlon II X4 630. What makes these two babies so special is the under $100 price tag that brings quad core processors within the reach of budget conscious buyers, and hopefully start a new era of affordable quad-core computing.
The Athlon II X4 620 is a 2.60GHz Socket AM3, 45nm processor with a 95W TDP. Additional features include the 512KB of L1 cache and 2MB of L2 cache, a HyperTransport 3.0 speed of 4000GT/s, socket AM3 compatibility and support for dual-channel DDR3 memory configurations. As you might be already aware, all new Athlon II X3 and X4 processors can operate either on Socket AM2+ platforms with DDR2 memory or on Socket AM3 with DDR3. These new processors represent an excellent upgrade option for older AM2 systems, especially with the the attractive $100 price point.
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The only difference between the AMD II X4 620 and the older Phenom II X4 is that the 620 carries no L3 cache. But the performance hit it takes due to the missing L3 cache is negligible. Sure, the 620 doesn’t stand a chance against the new generation Intel iCore series, but it wasn’t build to do so. However, it gives Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 quite a chase in performance and also comes a good $50 cheaper. Besides AMD motherboard are still cheaper than Intel equivalent giving you the best bang-per-buck.