AMD Athlon 64

The AMD Athlon 64 is the successor to the Athlon XP. It was released in 2003 with the K8 architecture, and is notably the first 64-bit x86 processor for the general public, appearing soon after their server counterpart Opteron.

There are many variants and several generations of the Athlon 64. On Desktop, they were firstly available on the Socket 754, then 939 and finally AM2. The chips were manufactured with processes from 130 to 65 nm.

Since the Athlon 64 competed against Pentium 4s and were faster at a same frequency, AMD used estimations of the equivalent MHz for the name of the processors, so an Athlon 64 3200+ would perform similarly as a Pentium 4 3.2 GHz (while actually running at 2 GHz). The practice has been done since their 5x86 processors.

In 2005, Dual Core versions appeared with the Athlon 64 X2 brand. The Athlon 64 processors in general were suceeded in 2007 by the AMD Phenom, based on the new K10 architecture.

AMD Opteron 242 AMD Athlon 64 2800+ AMD Athlon 64 3200+
  • A 1.6 GHz Opteron 242 (AAABB, SledgeHammer). Bottom. Malaysia, 2002 Week 50.
  • A 1.6 GHz Athlon 64 2800+ (AAABB, ClawHammer). Bottom. Malaysia, 2002 Week 48.
  • A 2 GHz Athlon 64 3200+ (CAAMC, ClawHammer). Bottom. Malaysia, 2003 Week 35.

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