At first glance, the AMD Athon 64 3800+ looks no different than it’s 754 pin predecessors. We still see the same aluminum heatspreader and form factor we saw with the previous Athlon 64 processors. Of course we can tell this processor from others when we see the pin layout of the processor.
When we turn the processor onto its heatspreader, we can see the 939 pins that make up the Athlon 64 3800+. It’s important to note that although we are jumping platforms with the Athlon 64 3800+, the feature set that we first saw with the launch of the Athlon 64 remains the same. AMD’s
“Cool’n’Quiet” technology, a system level feature that lowers power consumption and fan speeds when processing power is not needed as well as EVP, enhanced virus protection that in combination with Windows XP Service Pack 2, will help isolating viruses and keeping your healthy.
Here we see a picture of the Athlon 64 3800+ and the Athlon 64 3400+. The difference between the two processors of course with their different pin layouts.
Another less known improvement with the Athlon 64 939 pin processors is an improved memory controller. Engineers improved memory compatability and introduced 2T DRAM Timing, which can be toggled on or off in the Asus AV8’s BIOS. 2T Timing comes into effect when four memory modules are in use, making 2T really for extreme memory intensive applications, as performance with 2T Timings enabled is slower than with the standard 1T.