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Athlon 6500 Black Edition reviewed

by on24 September 2008


Kuma shows what it's made of

The guys
over at Expreview got hold of an Athlon 6500 Black Edition, CPU and put it through its paces.

This is a 65nm Kuma dual-core clocked at 2.3GHz and possibly the fastest Kuma we'll see in 65nm. Expreview tried it out on a Foxconn A79A-S 790GX board and managed to overclock it to 3.3GHz using a Phenom stock cooler. Of course, clock to clock it outperformed the old K8 Athlons, and it proved to be quite a potent overclocker.

There's a downside, too. The power consumption was rather high and the new CPU ended up using 20W more than a 2.6GHz Brisbane-based Athlon. All in all, it looks like a rather nice piece of kit and Expreview is describing it as the best dual-core AMD ever. However, this is still not enough to take on Intel in this market segment. Hopefully, it will end up on the affordable side, which would give it a fighting chance.

You can find the full review here.
Last modified on 25 September 2008
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