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AMD Athlon II X4 640

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Posted May 11, 2010 by Jake in CPU & Motherboards

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by Jake
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The results we see from this chip don’t differ at all from what we’ve expected. At stock, it’s essentially a slightly clocked up Athlon II X4 635, and when overclocked, it’s also the same as an overclocked X4 635. No surprises here. So who would buy an X4 640 rather than a 635? Probably someone that isn’t much into overclocking and would benefit from the extra speed bump for a minor additional cost.

What is the more attractive notion, however, is that getting a 3GHz quad core CPU for under $125 is a heckuva deal no matter how you slice it. For that price from the blue camp, you can get yourself a dual core and that’s it. And to make a Core i3 match the Athlon II X4 640, you’d need to overclock the Intel chip extremely high and have very good cooling and voltages; something not likely to happen for 24/7 usage. So as far as raw processing power goes, AMD is the clear winner in the budget segment. Certainly in the uber performance segment, nothing can touch Intel’s 980X brute strength as a number cruncher and overclocker, but on the flipside, nothing can come close to AMD’s offerings in the value department. "Value computing" best describes AMD’s market target, and that’s certainly a large market out there.

Whether you’re building a budget computer for checking email and basic productivity, or building an affordable gaming rig to frag with your buddies, the Athlon II X4 640 is a good pick. With a respectable 900MHz OC, it has some serious headroom for casual overclockers who want a little bit more juice out of their value CPU. From where we stand, the Athlon II CPU line remains undisputed as the best bang for the buck.

AMD Athlon II X4 640

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