With the Athlon 64 X2 3800+ EE SFF, AMD has raised the power efficiency bar even higher, or should we say lower. This is the only 35W desktop dual-core CPU on the market, it's a two year old design, but it became available in retail only recently. Up till now it was reserved for OEMs. It's a 90nm CPU clocked at 2.0GHz, but considering the €33 price tag and ridiculously low TDP, this looks like quite a deal, especially if coupled with a cheap and energy efficient 780G mATX board.
Energy efficiency is one of the few battlegrounds in which AMD can rightfully claim victory over Intel. The blue team's only 35W CPUs are the 4x0 series single core Celerons, clocked at 1.6 to 2.0GHz. Intel's slowest dual-core CPUs have a 65W TDP, almost twice that of the new Athlon.
AMD's 35W dual-core Athlons now available
Posted on Thursday, Jul 03 2008 @ 22:05 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck