Wednesday, 29 August 2012

AMD PHENOM X3 8600/8600B SPECS & PERFORMANCE UNLOCKING CORE SECRETS

iNTROdUCTIOn:

AMD PHENOM X3 8600B Based on a single die design, AMD's K10 are vulnerable to manufacturing defects. To counter the low-yields, they decided to disable the 'buggy' core and sell them as triple-cores. This process allows AMD to launch a wide range of products with dual, tri and quad core processors fitting every price points in the market. Resulting from AMD's pricing strategy, these triple-cores will be competing against Intel's 45nm Wolfdale Core 2 Duo. But in this extract of the original review (in Chinese), we shall see how the tri-core will perform against it's own quad-core brother.

Looking at the identification code,
we can see that the naming schema has changed since the dual-core days.





CPU-Z reveals that the processor is based on the Toliman core,
and shares the same amount of L3 (2MB) as its quad-core brother.













Test Rig:AMD Phenom X4 9600 (Socket AM2+, 2.3GHz, 4*512K L2, 2MB L3)
AMD Phenom X3 8600 (Socket AM2+, 2.3Ghz, 3*512K L2, 2MB L3)
AMD Athlon64 X2 4400+ (Socket AM2, 2.3Ghz, 2*512K L2)




Motherboard: MSI K9N2 Platinum
Memory: PNY 1Gb×2 DDR2-800 (6-5-5-15 2T)
Storage: Seagate SATA 320G 7200.10
Graphics: XFX GeForce 8800Ultra
O/S: Microsoft Windows XP Pro SP2 + DirectX 9.0c
Driver: ForceWare 169.09 WHQL

Test Results:

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Gaming Results/Benchmarks: 






























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Unlocking Core - Secrets:

AMD Phenom x3 8600/8600B is a Triple-core Processor. There are no chances to unlock cores.

Overclocking Ability:

AMD Phenom x3 8600/8600B is not a Black Edition Processor that why it does not overclock by setting multiplier. It only overclock 100mhz to 300mhz stable by increasing Motherboard FSB.

Conclusion:
The Phenom x3 8600 perform well in all the results except Everest memory benchmark. I recommend this for Basic Gaming or Entry-level gaming or small Professional Home use.



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