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AMD Turion ii ultra dual-core m600 processor review

October 31st, 2010 No comments


The Turion ii M600 is a dual core processor from Advanced Micro Devices which has a nominal core frequency of 2400 MHz. Manufactured with 45 nm technology the Turion ii M600 has a TDP rating of mid range 35 Watts suitable for medium and large size notebooks.

The performance of the Turion ii processors should be close to the Intel Core 2 processors in the nominal clock frequency of 2.0 to 2.2 GHz. In other words, the similarly clocked Intel core 2 processor slightly outperforms the AMD Turion ii Ultra processor M600.

The Turion ii Ultra M600 has, however, integrated memory controller, which leads to lower memory latency and a better overall performance. The integrated memory controller in the Turion ii M600 is a dual channel DDR2-400.

The communication with the chipset is using HyperTransport Bus at 3600 MT/s. Although many websites including AMD’s own website at

http://products.amd.com/en-gb/NotebookCPUDetail.aspx?id=579&f1=&f2=&f3=&f4=&f5=&f6=&f7=&f8=&f9=

mentions the front side bus as 3600 MHz, we at starredreviews, believe that they meant 3600 Million Transaction per second. Dirk Meyer, are you listening ?

It may have been more appropriate to call it either 1800 MHz or 3600 Mt/s. The confusion is created, since, the HyperTransport Bus works on the rising as well as falling edge of the clock. So even though the clock frequency is 1800 MHz the effective rate of the transfer of bits is 3600 MT/s.

The Turion ii M600 has a 1 MB of L2 Cache in each of the two cores, making up a total of 2 MB L2 cache. This core is not a shared core, unlike the intel smart cache in its core i3 and i5 processors. The dedicated core, however, simplifies the design and keeps the things clean, and potentially reduces the overhead in latency. The discussion of the dedicated Vs shared cache is beyond the scope of this review. In some test environment, the shared cache definitely has a point, especially if a particular application, for example, need a larger cache.

According to AMD –

Each core has its own dedicated L2 cache, which enables simultaneous independent core access to cache, eliminating the need for cores to arbitrate for cache access. This helps reduce latency on L2 cache access.

The Turion ii M600 supports the various multimedia instructions including the latest SSE3, Enhanced 3DNow!. It also supports the AMD64 – the 64 bit instruction set from AMD.

The AMD Virtualization support should help your system if you are planning to use two operating systems and you need to switch between the operating systems seamlessly.

The Super Pi 1M and 2M benchmark scores for the Turion ii M600 processor is 32 seconds and 75 seconds respectively. The 3DMark score, a benchmark score for the graphics intensive task has been reported to be close to 1900.

Some of the notebooks powered by Turion ii ultra M600 processor include
– HP ProBook FN063UA Notebook
– Gateway NV5336u 15.6″ LED Notebook
– HP ProBook 6445b
– Gateway NV5387u 15.6″ notebook,
– Acer AS5542-5547 15.6-Inch Laptop
– HP Pavilion DV7-3060US

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AMD Turion II X2 N530 – dual core processor

August 29th, 2010 No comments

AMD Turion II N530 is a dual core processor with core frequency of 2.5 GHz. It is the step big brother of the AMD Turion II P520 which is a 2.3 GHz part. The Turion II N530 also consumes higher power – 35 Watts as compared to just 25 Watts by Turion II P520.

The Turion II N530 has integrated DDR3-1066 memory controller which makes the transfer between the processor and the memory ultra fast.

The transfer between the processor and the chipset is done using the HyperTransport Bus at 1800 MHz ( or 3600 Giga Transfer per second). The HyperTransport is a highly scalable differential bus with massive bandwidth. AMD has been the pioneer in the use of the differential bus for processor to processor and the processor to chip set communication. Intel has just followed the AMD’s footsteps with its newer processor interconnections.

The Turion II N530 processor offer serious competition to the similarly clocked Intel Core 2 processors.  The Intel processor at same clock speeds perform slightly better than the Turion processors. Also, the higher  cache memory in the Intel core 2 processors  gives it slight edge over the turion processors. The Turion II N530 has 2MB of cache ( 1 MB for each of the two cores).

So it all boils down to the pricing. If you get AMD’s Turion II N530 at somewhat lower price compared to the similarly clocked intel core 2 processr, it is still a good deal.

If you are a notebook buyer, your may like to make a comparison with the overall pricing of the similarly clocked core 2 processor based notebook. A cheaper Turion II N530 based  processor may not be a bad choice.

Manufactured on 45nm technology AMD Turion II N530 has 64 bit support and fits in S1 socket. The manufacturer part number for the  Turion II N530 is TMN530DCR23GM. The benchmarking numbers are not yet available. There are not many notebooks coming with the Turion II N530 processors.  Among the few that are available with the Turion II  N530 processor include  HP Pavilion 16 dv6z.

The comparable intel processors that you may like to consider  include Intel Core 2 Duo P7350 ( 2 GHz, 3MB Cache),  Intel Core Duo T2700( 2.33 GHz, 2 MB Cache).

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