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AMD Athlon X2 7850 Black Edition


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Review: Good performance for €62

It's been quite a while since we reviewed the AMD Athlon X2 7750. Last week AMD released a 100MHz speed bump, the Athlon X2 7850 Black Edition, and apart of the speed jump, the rest of the specification is the same as Athlon X2 7750.

So, it's still a Phenom with two cores disabled, but not disconnected. Both of them are still based on 65nm K10 core, codenamed Kuma, while in Q3 there should be a new dual core based on 45nm process that might fix AMD's dual core odds. The CPU features 2x 64kB instruction and data 1st level cache, 2x 512kB 2nd level cache and additional 2MB shared 3rd level cache. The disappointing news is the TDP of 95W. AMD is positioning this CPU against the E5300, with a TDP of 65W and as you can see, TDP difference is quite substantial.


MSI DKA790GX (provided by MSI)
AMD 790GX/SB750

AMD Athlon X2 3800+ EE
AMD Athlon X2 4850e (provided by AMD)
AMD Athlon X2 7750 (provided by AMD)
AMD Athlon X2 7750 (provided by AMD)
Intel E7200 (provided by K&M Elektronik)

Scythe Kabuto (provided by Scythe-Europe)

Kingston 2GB Kit PC2-9600U KHX1200D2K2/2G (provided by Kingston)
CL5-5-5-15 CR2T at 1.90V

Graphics Card:
MSI R4850-2D1G-OC (provided by MSI)

Power supply:
PC Power & Cooling Silencer 500W (provided by PC Power & Cooling)

Hard disk:
Western Digital WD4000KD (provided by Ditech)

Case fans:
SilenX iXtrema Pro 14dB(A) (provided by
Scythe DFS122512LS

Cooler Master Stacker 831 Lite (provided by Cooler Master)

Since we are still not fans of Vista, all tests are performed with XP SP3. As 64-bit software is still not very common, we stick with the 32-bit version.

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Last modified on 11 May 2009
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