Saturday, 12 December 2009
Little note about AMD AthlonX2 6400+
People often ask me if this AMD athlon X2 6400+ really work with E521
and the answers that most people would get is the mixture of No and Yes.
''No'' for the reasons of Dell BIOS.
''Yes'' for the reasons of the actual experience or a mere show off of their computer knowledge.
How did I know why it supports AMD 6400+?
Well, there are two reasons. It was back in 2007 when I started to see Dell brochures that come every week. The black and silver looking Dell desktop appeared in the late 2005 to 2006. It was when Intel introduced it's first Intel Core Duo 2 Dual cores.
My father bought Dell dimension 9200 with the intel CPU (Over £1000 in 2006.) and since then, I liked Dell products as it gave me the impressive performance.
In 2007, I chose and bought AMD based E521 and not intel based E520 to try out how AMD works as it once claimed itself that it is faster than Intel.
When I bought it, I saw the CPU upgrade section on the brochure and there was an option for AMD 6400+. I didn't have much money at the time so I chose AMD 5000+ instead with Nvidia graphic card.
Soon after I bought it, they have stopped listing AMD 6400+ on their brochure.
This is one of the reason why I knew that particular CPU works on E521.
The next reason was the manual that came with E521's box.
It didn't say that AMd 6400+ is supported but it did say that ''DDR2 PC2-6400 Ram is supported if it is available''.
The funny thing is the last part ''.....if it is available''
I knew that DDR2 PC2-6400 RAM was already manufactured on that year but was less common and was really meant for gamers ( ...I think).
The next thing I did was to check all the model specifications of AMD dual cores that are on the market. All of their specs are virtually the same except for the amount of Watt each use and the amount of internal memory (Cache) plus the Clock frequency.
The important part I have noticed is that they all have the integrated memory controller that supports up to DDR2 PC2-6400.
I knew that working along with the memory closely is one of the AMD athlon's feature.
So this lead me to think that E521 supports AMD 6400+ fully.
After I bought the new CPU, I have upgraded my memory to see the performance change.