AMD Athlon 64 3000+ (AM2) Overclocking Performance
AMD recently announced a new revision of the Athlon 64 processor core. This new revision codenamed 'Orleans' brings a number of new features to the Athlon 64 line-up including SSE3 support, an updated memory controller and a 90nm SOI (silicon on insulator) process.
Despite the fact these new processors based on the Orleans core are substantially different to past revisions, AMD has decided to play it quiet. The Orleans was introduced much like how the Venice was. The Venice was designed to slowly phase out the older Winchester processors which were also designed around a 90nm process.
This makes things a little more complicated when purchasing an Athlon64, as there are now numerous revisions of the same processors available. Furthermore, they all share the same model name ratings such as 3000+, 3200+, 3500+ and 3800+, making it very important to check which revision you are buying. Thankfully, any online retailer worth shopping at will specify which revision you are purchasing. And we can tell you, there shall be no confusion when purchasing an Orleans core processor for a few good reasons.
Great chip If you into over clocking. I always buy beefy CPU coolers and good power supplies thinking I might Overclock but I never do. So I personally wouldn't buy the chip but know someone like O26Tb4U would or even IA that are into OC'ing.
Nice read though.