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AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 (Socket 939) Processor Review

By: Mike Wright | AMD CPUs & APUs in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Sep 10, 2004 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.5%Manufacturer: AMD

Test System Setups


Now that we've covered a bit of the hype regarding this processor, lets start looking at what it can do. Since a majority of our readers tend to fall into the "Enthusiast" and "Gamer" categories, we'll be focusing on this aspect of performance. I'll be using both synthetic and real-world gaming applications so that we can try to have a complete picture as to how this expensive chunk of silicon compares to something a bit more conventional. Lets take a look at the test setup.


Athlon 64 FX System


Processor: Athlon 64 FX-53 @ 2400MHz (Supplied by


Motherboard: MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (nVidia nForce3 Ultra) (Supplied by MSI)


Athlon XP System


Processor: Athlon XP 2400+ Mobile @ 2305MHz


Motherboard: DFI LANParty NFII Ultra B (nVidia nForce2 Ultra 400) (Supplied by DFI)


Common Components


Memory: 2x 256MB OCZ PC3500 Platinum (Supplied by OCZ)


Hard Drive: Western Digital 80GB "JB" w/ 8MB cache


Graphics: Sapphire Radeon X800 XT PE (Supplied by Sapphire)


Operating System: Windows XP Professional w/ SP1


Drivers: nForce 4.27, Catalyst 4.8, DirectX 9.0b


Test Suite


SiSoft Sandra 2004 Professional SP2


MadOnion 3DMark2001SE


Futuremark 3DMark03


Futuremark PCMark04


Massive Development AquaMark3


Kanada Lab Super PI


Quake III Arena


Unreal Tournament 2004


Doom 3


As I mentioned before, I'll be using a variety of benchmarking tools to try to help determine if the Athlon FX series processor is worthy of its hefty price tag. The comparison system is going to be running in an overclocked state under a water-cooled condition. No, it may not be exactly fair, but since most of us are already using a system in the same ballpark as the test rig, it should give us more realistic information to help us make a purchasing decision.


As a final note to testing, all benchmarking tools used are patched to their latest revisions with the exception of Quake III. This is in its original installed state so we can make use of the first demo files that came with the game.


Enough talk, lets get to the goods!


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