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i'm here to figure out what is the difference between the AMD processors. mainly what is different from the (athlon, Athlon 64, athlon 64 X2, athlons 64 FX, and athlon phenomon) i just wnat to know what is differenty about these processors because i want to learn as much a possible, i once heard it was only the number of pins but since they no longer have pins and more like a flat surface. and what is the difference between the amd black editions.
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i'm here to figure out what is the difference between the AMD processors. mainly what is different from the (athlon, Athlon 64, athlon 64 X2, athlons 64 FX, and athlon phenomon) i just wnat to know what is differenty about these processors because i want to learn as much a possible, i once heard it was only the number of pins but since they no longer have pins and more like a flat surface. and what is the difference between the amd black editions.
Athlon List: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...icroprocessors
Phenom List: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...icroprocessors


They still have pins.

Black Editions have unlocked multipliers.
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There's a real good FAQ here (CLICKME) you'll probably fnd a couple of basic informations of CPU in general and on AMDs. I also advise you to try www.wikipedia.org as they are pretty good for the begining.

Hope it helps.
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It's pretty simple really:

The Athlon is the old K7 architecture, it was the main competitor to the s478 Pentium 4

Athlon64 is the single Core offerings from AMD on the K8 architecture

AthlonX2 is the dual core K8's

Athlon64 FX are Single Core K8's with an unlocked multiplier
AthlonX2 FX are Dual Core K8's with unlocked multi's

And the Phenoms are the new Quad-Core chips with the K10 architecture.
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what was the K9?
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There is no "K9" (some think there was and it was canceled) they jumped from K8 to K10. K10 is the new Phenom architecture.
    
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what was the K9?
Well some people considered socket AM2 as K9 but really it was just an updated K8 with a DDR2 memory controller on die
post #8 of 15
ok cool. I didn't know if i just went into a coma for an entire generation or not.
post #9 of 15
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what is an unlocked multiplier and what does having more cache do with it like the 2 x 512kb and 2 x 1024kb?
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post #10 of 15
unlocked multiplier means that the on chip multiplier is fully adjustable. typically when you have a chip rated for a certain FSB (most current FSB's or reference clocks are 200). Manufacturers use a multiplier to set what the actual speed of a CPU will be. Since FSB's are stock at 200, a CPU with a 10x multiplier clocks at 2.0Ghz without overclocking. The 10.5x multiplier on my HTPC clocks it to 2.1GHz. these multipliers cannot go higher on stock chips, which is why we adjust bus speeds (reference clocks) to get more speed out of a CPU. A chip with an unlocked multiplier can go up, say it's rated at 10x, you can take it up to 11, 12, or however high you can push it. Overclockers like unlocked multipliers because it takes less bus speed to reach a higher clock speed.

Cache size is memory that is built into cpu's that store the data cpu's are calculating at a very fast speed. it's kind of like a storage space for intermediate calculations that don't require an output. Cache is a lot faster for the CPU to access than system memory, and having more cache can be seen as a performance improvement.
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