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Athlon FX-55 - Flight Simulator Reviews

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Reviews Date of last review
1 Thu, July 14, 2005
Recommended By Average Price Average Rating
100% of reviewers $811.00 10.0

Description: AMD Athlon™ 64 FX Processor Overview
The AMD Athlon™ 64 FX processor features innovative technology to provide extraordinary performance and a computing experience without parallel. The AMD Athlon 64 FX processor runs on AMD64, a revolutionary technology that 1) allows the processor to run 32-bit applications at full speed while enabling the coming wave of powerful, 64-bit software applications, and 2) provides Enhanced Virus Protection when used with the Windows® XP Service Pack 2 (SP2). AMD64 technology shatters barriers to new and advanced software that require 64-bit technology and blazing processor performance. Power-hungry enthusiasts, gamers, and prosumers can explore the full potential of AMD64 technology while enjoying outstanding performance on today's PC software.

The next generation of games and digital content creation applications will demand unprecedented performance to provide an extraordinary level of realism and awesome 3D graphics. Systems based on the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor are able to deliver leading-edge performance for the most demanding entertainment and content creation software today and in the future. With AMD64, life-like games with cinema-quality graphics and pro-level video editing are within PC users’ reach. Advanced 64-bit operating systems designed for the AMD64 platform from Microsoft, Red Hat, SuSE, and TurboLinux have already been announced.

Enhanced Virus Protection is a feature of AMD64 technology. This feature is enabled by the operating system, like Windows XP SP2 and the upcoming Windows XP 64-bit Edition for 64-bit Extended Systems, and is designed to trap a certain type of malicious exploit known as “buffer overrun” or “buffer overflow”. Enhanced Virus Protection together with the aforementioned operating systems are designed to prevent the spread of certain viruses, like MSBlaster and Slammer*.

Superior Technology
The AMD Athlon 64 FX processor is the only Windows-compatible 64-bit PC processor and the world's most technically advanced PC processor. It features several technology innovations for immersive, cinematic computing experiences. The AMD64 architecture doubles the number of general purpose and SSE/SSE2 registers for improved performance and enhances multimedia processing with 3DNow!™ Professional technology and SSE2 technology. HyperTransport™ technology increases overall system performance by reducing I/O bottlenecks, increasing system bandwidth, and reducing system latency. A 128-bit integrated DDR memory controller, together with industry standard DDR memory technology, provides extreme bandwidth - up to 6.4GB per second, and significantly reduces memory latency, improving performance for virtually all applications. The AMD Athlon 64 FX processor boasts the industry's largest on-die, high-performance cache memory system for PC processors, enhancing performance for many applications, especially large workloads.

Transform Your Computing Experience
The AMD Athlon 64 FX processor is designed for the most demanding PC software that extend the capabilities of today's desktop computer, driving applications to a new level of performance and potential:

Game Play: A game that is optimized for AMD64 can command a phenomenal amount of memory for textures, world models, and characters. The large physical memory and smart memory management of the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor can provide excellent performance and access to a new level of cinema-quality gaming realism. Multi-player games and 3D environments can grow to massive proportions and incorporate stunning detail.
Game Development & Modification: AMD64 offers large memory capacity and other architectural performance improvements for fast and efficient compiling, level editing, development of complex 3D models, and asset management. The growing trend toward user-generated content can accelerate, and tap the creative efforts of thousands of game modification enthusiasts.
Game Serving & File Sharing: Multi-player games and peer-to-peer software that run on central servers can accommodate more users and larger physical environments. With the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor, more CPU horsepower is available for physics simulation, player interactions, and network connections.
Digital Content Creation: AMD64 applications can leverage huge physical memory and 64-bit processing to manipulate huge images and complex audio & video content.
Professional Grade Results: With AMD64 many professional grade applications can be employed to create professional grade results on a desktop PC including design, engineering, simulation, and science applications.
Purchase With Confidence
The AMD Athlon 64 FX processor, together with AMD Athlon 64 processor, is the only industry standard x86 processor with the ability to move beyond the limits of 32-bit computing. The AMD Athlon 64 FX processor is fully compatible with Microsoft Windows XP and tens of thousands of PC applications that people around the world use every day. The award-winning AMD Athlon XP processor won over 100 industry accolades and was the first 1GHz PC processor. Now, the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor reaches a new milestone by building a path to 64-bit computing for millions of PC users.
Founded in 1969, AMD has shipped more than 240 million PC processors worldwide. Customers can depend on AMD and the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor for compatibility and reliability. AMD processors undergo extensive testing to ensure compatibility with Microsoft Windows XP, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows NT, Windows 2000, as well as Linux and other PC operating systems. AMD works collaboratively with Microsoft and other partners to achieve compatibility and reliability of AMD processors and to expand the capability of software and hardware products leveraging AMD64 technology. AMD conducts rigorous research, development, and validation to help ensure the continued integrity and performance of its products.

Operating Frequency: 2.6GHz
Type: Athlon 64 FX-55
Core: SledgeHammer
Cache: Level 1 64KB 64KB; Level 2 1MB
Process: 0.13 Micron
FSB: Integrated into Chip
Voltage: 1.5V
Socket: Socket 939
Multimedia Instruction: MMX, SSE, SSE2, 3DNow!, 3DNow!
w/Heatsink and Fan
Specifications subject to change without notice.
Product Link: http://www.amd.com/us-en/Processors/ProductInformation/0,,30_118_9485_9488%5E9536,00.html

Review Date: Thu, July 14, 2005 Recommended: Yes | Price paid: $811.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Blistering Gaming Speeds
Cons: Nothing.

If you want the best processor for pure gaming and a bit of multi-tasking, aim for an FX-55. This is by far the fastest chip for pure 3D gaming (other than its FX-57 brother). Highly recommended to anyone who wants blistering speeds and silky smooth frame rates (which you're going to pay for every bit of), go after AMD's FX-55.

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