AMD Athlon II X4 620 Processor Review

By Jos
Sep 16, 2009
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  1. AMD is launching a new series of affordable quad-core processors today under the Athlon II brand name. Based on the 'Propus' architecture and built using a 45nm design process, the new series is intended to help AMD secure the low-end portion of the market, as Intel's Core i5 750 and LGA1156 platform have clearly made life difficult for them on the mainstream front.

    Read the full review at:
    http://www.techspot.com/review/197-amd-athlon2-x4-620/

    Please leave your feedback here.
  2. spikester48661

    spikester48661 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 103

    A good CPU for am2 or am2+ update for higher budget builds.way to go AMD.
  3. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,259   +41

    Nice review, and nice going amd, make my intel cpus cheaper...thx.
  4. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

    super i dont see you needing a new cpu anytime soon lol
  5. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

    i like how they keep refering to the 4700 as the e7400 when the 7400 is clocked at 2.8 ghz not 2.6 lol
  6. windmill007

    windmill007 Newcomer, in training Posts: 311

    Sorry AMD you lost me back in the Athlon XP days. Do you really save anything going with AMD over Intel since then? I'm just not seeing it.
  7. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,847   +64

    this is really a weird niche product, no L3 is a tough sell. i am surprised how well it does considering. but an pseudo Athlon/ but really a K-10 phenom I quad with no L3 ??? c'mon AMD, I hope you have a super new architecture in the works soon.cuz i5 is the nail in the coffin if they dont.
  8. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,847   +64

    you slept through an entire CPU generation then. AMD took the lead with HT, and has since lost it.....try and keep up Wind LOL
  9. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 900

    Great review and great CPU. It almost makes me wish I had held off buying my X3. In this review they set it against the X3 720, and it beats it in pretty much everything but gaming.
  10. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Staff Posts: 1,135   +276 Staff Member

    Thanks for all the great feedback guys and I am happy to hear that most of you enjoyed the review!
  11. Hi, i'm just new here, maybe too late i think to give comment. nice review and belated thanks to techspot beause of them, i already buy p2 955 4 months ago, but i've just read some review at some site, it is true this processor near equal i5 750 in 1920 x 1200 res gaming? maybe this link can help. http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/athlon2_620/ Just wonder, looks like expensive cpu doesn't help too much in gaming. Better spend more on graphic card. IMO. (My pc mostly use for gaming, maybe not too hardcore but i really impress with this cpu. WOW AMAZING!!!!! i feel like want to buy two of it. Price same with my cpu when first release.)
  12. Been using this CPU for a couple of months on top of 4 gig of ram and a 4850.. nice little rig ive got set up tbh. Im very happy with its performance.. shame about the level 3 cache but you know for 100 quid youve got a decent cpu that keeps the pace with some of the big boys when it comes to gaming and isnt too bad at everything else. Im upgrading to a phenom 2 945 in feb 10 and a dx11 card but for now im very happy with how my system is running.
    I use the athlon II for some web development and programming too and it is ok in those areas too.
    Id give it personally a 7 out of 10. :)
  13. I was in the process of overclocking my athlon II x4 620 not expecting ACC to unlock 6MB L3, but indeed it did, according to cpu-z and everest i have the propus core, not deneb, but occt tells me its the rana core. AMD confirmed deneb to unlock but its not supposed to exist on propus. clock set at 250x13 for 3.250Ghz, lowered HT and mem so it would stay around 2000 HT and 416 RAM Mhz. Slight volt increase helped stabilize things, i didnt wanna mess with it too much, but if this chip can handle 3.9Ghz then i think im safe where im at now, and the improvements are certainly noticable.
    using ASUS m4a785-m board, not top of the line but seems to do its job quite well so far.
     
  14. Propus has no L3 installed. Period. ACC doesn't unlock
    Propus because there's no L3 anywhere on cpu to unlock.
    You are either on crack or seeing things:p

    Only the Deneb core unlocks because it was a salvaged batch with on board L3 disabled.

    Hope this ends the bs.
  15. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,847   +64

    there are a number of 'reports' around that claim that there is L3 to be unlocked on the X4 6xx Athlon II's. Mysteriously however, it cant be found under the microscope.
    http://alienbabeltech.com/main/?p=10923
  16. I GOT THE ATHLON II X4 620 ON CLEARANCE AT FRYS ELECTRONICS, FOR $59....it was a steal, and this cpu is nothing to sneeze at....runs way better than my socket 939...
  17. athlonfx

    athlonfx Newcomer, in training

    I have the athlon II x4 630@2.8Ghz, 8 gb ram, 2xGts 250 and i out run my friend that have the phenom II x3 be 720@2.8ghz, 8 gb ram, radeon 4770.. and my computer was cheaper :) amd rules!
  18. Very nice review - clear, concise and accurate.

    I really like this CPU range, including the power draw and things like decent overclocking headroom and unlocking extra core's (as long as you have a 710 Southbridge or better). A lot of people are comparing it to Core i5, which isn't a bad thing at all considering how well it performs and how much it costs. It's clearly able to keep up with and in some cases, exceed the performance of Core 2.

    These Athlon II x 4 parts cater for the majority of users, who don't need i5 or i7..and they do it brilliantly in my opinion. If you take a $100 CPU the AMD chips win hands down, and if you look at the platform solution, AMD walks away with a flawless victory: compatibility, longevity, ease of installation, performance (HD media right off the chipset) and cost..just can't touch it.

    Parts like this bring the fun back into computing, and for the masses instead of the few people who have the money and the desire to go out and blow their money on something they don't even need most of the time. All this from a CPU that is, effectively, a generation behind Intel's flagship products. David sleighs Golliath, so to speak, by working smarter, not faster. Whether you love these parts or hate them..you as a consumer wins.

    Thank you.
  19. i know this is a very old article but i can not stop to notice that a E7400consumes almost the same as Q6600 ? what the hack? there is some (many) thing wrong with your charts !
    how can a E7400 be in the top in power consumption? what were you using, a tri-phase megawatt wattmeter with 500% error rate?
  20. Wild9

    Wild9 Newcomer, in training

    It's all down to which core you have: 'Deneb' core contains a disabled 6MB L3 cache, whereas 'Propus' core does not.

    In order to unlock the disabled cache you need a suitable motherboard chipset. A couple of clicks later and you have a Phenom II x4.

    But even if you end up with Propus and not Deneb, this CPU is still in my opinion one of the greatest testaments to AMD's staff. A quad-core for peanuts, and one that clocks incredibly well. A CPU that draws less power under load than the nearest competitor. A CPU that will swallow up thread-optimized games (eg GTA IV), yet still leave you enough in the bank to get a kick-*** GPU. A CPU that will fit in AM3 and most older AM2+ boards.

    There's no doubt that with 2nd-Gen Intel Sandy Bridge, AMD Athlon/Phenom II is now resigned to competing on price. But look at the value, performance and backwards-compatibility. I cannot afford to keep buying expensive Intel processors, and then keep worrying about swapping sockets. Yes, 2nd-gen SB is awesome (even the i3), but AMD's offerings are more than enough for my needs, with plenty of grunt left over. The way this Athlon overclocks for me is just staggering, especially when one considers I am using a stock cooler. This is the kind of hardware that empowers millions of PC users world-wide, and encourages software developers to write proper code. AMD rocks.


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