- 45nm Sargas 45W
- 1MB L2 Cache
Surprisingly good for a cheap single core CPU 05/22/2010
This review is from: AMD Sempron 140 Sargas Single-Core 2.7GHz Socket AM3 45W Processor SDX140HBGQBOX
- Low cost, cheapest CPU available
- Easy to overclock / unlock core with right motherboard
- Low power requirements and temps
- better performance/price ratio (than atom or celeron)
- Socket AM3 (upgrading options)
- Only single core (unlocking is not a sure thing)
- Price for dual core CPU's is not that much more
- Stock heatsink / temps at high overclocking
Considering this CPU was free (CPU/motherboard bundle), I cannot complain. It is a solid single core processor with a lot of over-clocking headroom. Using the stock heatsink, I clock it at 3.4 GHz by only modifying the bus speed. Unlocking was not successful with my CPU (the core would unlock, but the memory controller was unstable during memory tests).
I was surprised by the overall performance in Windows 7. This processor scored well on the Window Experience Index (WEI) when paired with the Biostar A785G3. CPU scored 4.8 and overall score of 4.2 (due to video). Hardware setup was capable of 720p video (local and online streaming without losing frames.
This CPU performed better/cost less than the last setup that I built using an Atom 330 that is now being used as a NAS due to its slow performance as a desktop. When it comes to entry level PC’s, I would recommend skipping the Atoms/Celerons and go for the Sempron (or a cheap dual core Athlon, if one is on sale) with a solid AM3 board
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