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AMD Athlon II X3 450 CPU/Processor

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Introduction:

AMD  released a full line of new processors on September, 21st 2010 which filled a few spots in AMD’s lineup and offers consumers some additional choices. One of these processors is the Athlon II 450  X3 running at 3.2GHz. The Athlon II 450 has 512MB L2 Cache per core (total of 1.5MB of L2 Cache) to give a bump in speed over previous Athlon II processors. We installed the  Athlon II 450 X3 in the same test rig as the Athlon II X2 265 and the Phenom II X2 560 BE in a previous review and ran the same benchmarks for a good comparison. The Athlon II 450 X3 did pretty well in the straight comparisons. When it comes to reviewing processors we just let the benchmarks speak for themselves. This review of the Athlon II X3 450 follows on the heals of two other processor reviews, so are able to use the same test rig as the previous two reviews to give you a common platform for the benchmarks. Also when it comes to over clocking a processor, TechwareLabs has found that the RoG connect utility to be priceless when it comes to recording what we can over clock a processor to and record it in the processes. So lets take a look at what the Athlon II X3 450 is all about and then dive into some benchmarks.

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Processors & Pricing:
•       3.5GHz (3.0GHz base)    Phenom II  X6 1075T                     ~$239*
•       3.5GHz                  Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition  ~$179*
•       3.3GHz                  Phenom II X2 560 Black Edition  ~$99*
•       3.1GHz                  Athlon II X4 645                        ~$119*
•       3.2GHz                  Athlon II X3 450                        ~$84*
•       3.3GHz                  Athlon II X2 265                        ~$74*

AMD Athlon II™ X3 450 Processor:
Model Number & Core Frequency: X3 450 / 3.2GHz
OPN: ADX450WFK32GM
L1 Cache Sizes: 64K of L1 instruction and 64K of L1 data cache per core (384KB total L1 per processor)
L2 Cache Sizes: 512KB of L2 data cache per core (1.5MB total L2 per processor)
Memory Controller Type: Integrated 128-bit wide memory controller *
Memory Controller Speed: Up to 2.0GHz with Dual Dynamic Power Management
Types of Memory Supported: Unregistered DIMMs up to PC2-8500 (DDR2-1066MHz) -AND- PC3-10600 (DDR3-1333MHz)
HyperTransport 3.0 Specification: One 16-bit/16-bit link @ up to 4.0GHz full duplex (2.0GHz x2)
Total Processor-to-System Bandwidth: Up to 37.3GB/s total bandwidth [Up to 21.3 GB/s memory bandwidth (DDR3-1333) + 16.0GB/s (HT3)]Up to 33.1GB/s total bandwidth [Up to 17.1 GB/s memory bandwidth (DDR2-1066) + 16.0GB/s (HT3)]
Packaging: Socket AM3 938-pin organic micro pin grid array (micro-PGA)
Fab location: GLOBALFOUNDARIES Fab 1 module 1 in Dresden, Germany
Process Technology: 45-nanometer DSL SOI (silicon-on-insulator) technology
Approximate Die Size: 169mm2
Approximate Transistor count: ~300 million
Max TDP: 95 Watts
AMD Codename: “Rana”
*Note: configurable for dual 64-bit channels for simultaneous read/writes

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  1. I’ve been reading alot of articles on the Athlon II 450 X3 Rana 45nm Technology which I have in my computer. Most of them say you can unlock the 4th core and get advantages of more speed. I am running 8.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 669MHz, with a BIOSTAR Group N68S3+ (CPU 1) motherboard and 256MB GeForce 8400 GS (XFX Pine Group) video card and Creative xfi sound card. Do you think its a good idea to re-set my CPU configeration to “auto” and unlock the forth core?
    I would appreciate your advise, I’m leary of others I have read.

  2. Hi there, my name is Kristeen Depriest and I have to point out that AMD Athlon II X3 450 Reviewed | TechwareLabs is really a remarkable piece of writing.

  3. i unlocked the 4th core and got a windows 7 score of 7.3 from previous 6.9 with 3 cores.

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