It is true that dual-core Athlon 64 FX-62 is the fastest CPU from AMD, but is its price worth buying it? Its official price for distributors in the USA is quoted at USD 1,031 while Athlon 64 FX-60’s is quoted at USD 827. And, as we saw in our review, the performance difference between the two isn’t big, on the 7~8% range, on average. And Athlon 64 FX-60 is based on socket 939 supporting standard DDR memories.
We were very disappointed with the overclocking capability of this CPU. Even though we could set it up running internally at 3 GHz by increasing its clock multiplier from 14x to 15x – as it has its clock multiplier unlocked – we weren’t able to configure its base clock over 218 MHz, a result worse than Athlon 64 X2 5000+’s. Funny enough that is the exact same value we could achieve with our Athlon 64 FX-60. Being a very expensive CPU targeted to the enthusiast market (i.e., overclockers), we expected more from it.
If you want to have one of the most high-end CPU based on the new AM2 socket, we think Athlon 64 X2 5000+ is a better buy, as it is quoted at USD 696 for distributors in the USA.
But the final choice is yours, of course.