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The AMD Athlon II X4 605e is a 64-bit quad core processor based on the Phenom II architecture.

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Very energy efficient quad core processor for its generation--45W TDP.

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Excellent choice for a cheap HTPC build due to its energy requirements and low price point.

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Backwards compatible--works with older AM2+ builds.

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Low energy requirements mean low operating temperatures--runs at about 30 Celsius max.

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Pricier than similar, non-energy efficient processors.

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Locked multiplier limits overclocking performance.

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Outclassed by newer 32nm Sandy Bridge chips in terms of energy efficiency and performance.

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The AMD Athlon II X4 605e is a 64-bit quad core processor based on the Phenom II architecture. As part of the “Propus” family, this 45 nanometer chip is designed for the AM2+/AM3 motherboard socket and has a TDP energy rating of 45 watts. Because of the relatively low energy usage, AMD is marketing this product as part of their energy efficient lineup. The default clock frequency is set at 2.3 GHz, while the processor multiplier is locked in at 11.5x. In terms of L2 cache, users will find 4x 512 KB which combines into a total of 2 MB. The bus speed is set at 667 MHz for memory. The AMD Athlon II X4 605e was released on October 20th, 2009.

Specifications

  • Frequency: 2.3 GHz
  • Bus speed: 667 MHz
  • Processor core: Propus
  • Core stepping: C2
  • Manufacturing process: 0.045 micron
  • Die size: 140 mm2
  • Data width: 64-bit
  • L1 cache: 4 x 64 KB
  • L2 cache: 4 x 512 KB
Features

  • MMX
  • 3DNow!
  • SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSE4a
  • Advanced Bit Manipulation
  • AMD64 technology
  • AMD-V (virtualization) technology
  • Enhanced Virus Protection
  • Cool'n'Quiet 3.0
  • CoolCore Technology
  • Dual Dynamic Power Management
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