Product: AMD Athlon II Lineup, Cooler Master Vortex Plus
Company: Cooler Master
Authour: James Prior
Editor: Charles Oliver
Date: May 11th, 2010
Athlon II Specifications

Just over eleven months ago, on June 2nd 2009, AMD launched ther next generation Athlon II series of processors. Designed to fill in the bottom end of the product stack using their new core microarchitecture from the Phenom II 'K10' processor, minus the shared level 3 cache.

New AMD Athlon II Processors
New AMD Athlon II Processors

Now a full range of dual, triple and quad core processors, including an energy efficient line, AMD's latest Athlon II C3 stepping increases supported memory speeds for some models and increase top model clock speeds for all ranges by 100MHz; 200MHz for the X3 415e. AMD are releasing the new processors at the same price points as the previous top-clocked variants, dropping the prices of the existing line - the sub $100USD quad core is now the AMD Athlon II 630, which launched at ~$120USD last year.

AMD Athlon II Processors

  • L1 Cache - 64KB Data / 64KB Instruction per core

  • L2 Cache - 512KB Data per core

  • 128-bit Memory controller with dual 64-bit mode for simultaneous read/write operations

  • PC2-8500 (DDR2-1066MHz) / PC3-10600 (DDR3-1333MHz) unregistered DIMM support with or without ECC

  • 45nm DSL SOI (silicon-on-insulator) technology made in GLOBALFOUNDARIES Fab 1

  • Socket AM3 micro-PGA 938-pin, compatible with Socket AM2+

  • HyperTransport 3.0

  • AMD-V hardware virtualization support

Below you can see a 'die shot' of a quad core Athlon II processor. If you're knowledgeable about these things you can pick out the high speed interconnect, level 1 and level 2 caches, each x86 core, memory controller and the system interfaces to the hypertransport and PCI-Express bus. If not, then this is the magic smoke that comes out when it dies from getting too hot or too much tesla-juice. No wonder it won't go back in.

AMD Engineering - Trapping Magic Smoke since May 1st, 1969
AMD Engineering - Trapping Magic Smoke since May 1st, 1969

The quad core "Propus" and triple core "Rana" processors share the same die, with one core disabled for the triple core processors - hence the same TDP, transistor count and die size. AMD's ACC (advanced clock calibration) feature introduced with the 7-series chipsets allowed some motherboards with a 'flawed' version of ACC to unlock these disabled cores. This feature has now become mainstream, with the 8-series chipsets offering this feature as a dedicated motherboard feature, as seen in the ASUS 890GX board.

New AMD Athlon II Processors
New AMD Athlon II Processors


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