AMD Athlon 64 X2 BE-2350 Review
Patrick "MACMAC" MacMillan
As previously reported, AMD has changed their naming scheme to a slightly more cryptic alphanumeric system. Along with this new name comes new chips, 45 watt variations of the 65W Brisbane core. AMDZone has just reviewed the new AMD Athlon 64 X2 BE-2350 processor.
Heres what they had to say:
If you're looking for a great processor for a HTPC or simply for lower levels of heat and power consumption then the BE2350 represents an excellent value at just under $100. If you're looking for performance or a processor to overclock this probably isn't your best bet. You're probably better off saving an extra $30 or so and just buying the cheapest AMD Athlon X2 that is built off 65nm process and uses the Brisbane core. Currently the X2 3600+ can be had for about $60 through MWave, which represents a great value and is about $40 cheaper than the BE2350. Not to mention it'll probably overclock just as well. But if you're wanting to shave off some power and heat, then this is a good option from AMD. Hopefully it won't be too long until we see something much more exciting from AMD in the not too distant future.
I cant figure out why these chips appear to overclock less than their 65W brethren. Nevertheless, for HTPC and other low-power applications, these chips definitely put up a strong showing.
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