TODO alt text

AMD Athlon II X4 620 review

Four cores for less cash? What's not to like?

Our Verdict

One of if not the best budget chip you can buy. Fantastic multi-threading performance.

Product features

  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)

View full specification

For

  • Excellent multi-threading throughput
  • Remarkably affordable

Against

  • Lack of cache memory hurts in some applications
  • Not a great gaming chip

Remember when a quad-core PC processor seemed exotic, if not downright decadent? We can. It was only a couple of years ago. Today, the AMD Athlon II X4 620 is yours for under £70. By Grapthar's Hammer, what a savings.

The startlingly low price is possible because AMD has cooked up a special new quad-core die for all Athlon II X4s. Instead of taking the existing Deneb die from its Phenom II X4 chips, such as the 965 Black Edition, and disabling a few features, the new Propus die is purpose built to deliver four cores for less cash.

The good news is that the only significant change has been the loss of Deneb's 6MB L3 shared cache memory pool. Instead, Propus-based chips like the Athlon II X4 620 must make do with just 512k of L2 cache per core.

The 620's super-low price also reflects its modest 2.6GHz clockspeed. Put it all together and you have an intriguing quad-core chip that's actually cheaper than the triple-core AMD Athlon II X3 435. As for Intel's processors, the dual-core Core i5 661is over twice as expensive.

Tech Specs

Product TypeProcessor
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Thermal Design Power95 W
Processor ManufacturerAMD
Product FamilyAthlon II X4
Clock Speed2.60 GHz
Processor SocketSocket AM3 PGA-941
Brand NameAMD
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
64-bit ProcessingYes
Thermal Specification71°C
L2 Cache2 MB
ManufacturerAdvanced Micro Devices, Inc
Product Model620
Product NameAthlon II X4 Quad-core 620 2.6GHz Processor
Package TypeRetail
Product LineAthlon II X4
Manufacturer Part NumberADX620WFGIBOX
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.amd.com
Marketing Information

Do more of the things you want to in less time and enhance your digital life with the multi-core performance and energy efficiency of AMD Athlon II processor-based desktop systems. Combined with superior ATI Radeon HD graphics technology, systems based on the AMD Athlon II processor deliver a vivid visual experience, superior multi-tasking, and exceptional digital media performance with next-generation energy efficiency.

Packaged Quantity1
Process Technology45 nm
Package Contents
  • Athlon II X4 Quad-core 620 2.6GHz Processor
  • Installation Manual
  • Certificate of Authenticity
  • AMD Processor Case Sticker
  • Heatsink/fan with Thermal Interface