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Review: AMD Athlon II X4 620 and 630: introducing the budget quad-core CPUs

by Tarinder Sandhu on 16 September 2009, 05:00 4.1

Tags: Athlon II X4 620, AMD (NYSE:AMD)

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Manufactured by GLOBALFOUNDRIES Fab 1 in Dresden, Germany, it's a regular AMD AM3 chip in appearance.

AMD sampled HEXUS with solely the '620 model, but we hope to receive the full-retail '630 chip in the near future.

Count 'em pins.

AMD makes particular mention of the Athlon II 6x0's lower power-draw when there's little load imposed upon it. The CPU drops down to 1.1V and 800MHz.

Note the greyed-out L3 cache. One cannot enable it via a BIOS hack; it simply isn't there.

The AM3 chip is able to interface with either DDR2 or DDR3 memory. We ran it on a DDR3-supporting 785G motherboard at 1,339MHz.