Specs and thoughts
Let's see how it lines up against the current crop of high-end AM2 processors.
|Specification||AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+||AMD Athlon 64 FX-62||AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+|
|L1 cache per core||64KiB data, 64KiB instruction||64KiB data, 64KiB instruction||64KiB data, 64KiB instruction|
|Clock frequency and Socket||3000MHz, Socket AM2||2800MHz, Socket AM2||2800MHz, Socket AM2|
|L2 cache per core||1MiB||1MiB||1MiB|
|System Link||HyperTransport, 1 link, 2000MTs/sec, 1000MHz||HyperTransport, 1 link, 2000MTs/sec, 1000MHz||HyperTransport, 1 link, 2000MTs/sec, 1000MHz|
|Memory Controller||Dual-channel, DDR2-800, 128-bit||Dual-channel, DDR2-800, 128-bit||Dual-channel, DDR2-800, 128-bit|
|Core codename/stepping||Windsor, F3||Windsor, F2||Windsor, F3|
|Process technology and fab||90nm SOI, Fab30/36 Dresden||90nm SOI, Fab30 Dresden||90nm SOI, Fab30/36 Dresden|
|Transistor count and die size||227.4M, 230mm², 1MiB per core||227.4M, 230mm², 1MiB per core||227.4M, 230mm², 1MiB per core|
|TDPmax, ICCmax, Voltage range||125W, 90A, 1.35V-1.40V||125W, 90A, 1.40V||89W, 65A, 1.35V|
The X2 6000+, then, is simply a faster-clocked version of the present X2 5600+ and is, essentially, a repackaged FX-74 that will fit into most current AMD-based motherboards.
You'll also note that the FX-62 and 5600+'s specifications are, for all intents and purposes, identical. AMD's stated that the FX-62 has been officially withdrawn from sale; there are no more current FX-series processors for its AM2 form factor.
The range-topping 6000+ AM2 model is simple enough to understand. It serves as a stopgap until quad-core Barcelona hits the shelves, and its attractive street price, around £300, puts it in direct competition with Intel's Core 2 Duo E6700 and not X6800/QX6700, as you might suspect.
If you want to know more about what makes AMD's dual-core processors tick, head on over to our FX evaluation.
Yup, 940 pins that will slip right into an AM2 board without needing a BIOS update.
It's a shame that it wasn't debuted on a 65nm manufacturing process, though.