Budget-minded desktop owners do not have to lose hope in finding the right processor for their system. The humble yet capable AMD Athlon 64 LE-1640 is a single-core processor that sports a very low price tag and is energy-efficient to boot.
It has a thermal design power (TDP) of only 45 watts, which is pretty low considering its other features. The low TDP contributes much to its energy-efficiency since the rated TDP is actually the maximum power it will draw when running applications in real-time. So, you wouldnâ€™t have to worry about rigging up an ultra-expensive cooling system unless your configuration recommends otherwise.
An Efficient, Capable Processor that Anyone Can Afford
The AMD Athlon 64 LE-1640 processor has a 2.6GHz clock speed and 1GHz FSB speed. Those numbers are already pretty fast for an energy-efficient, single-core processor. It uses 1MB of L2 cache, too, so you can definitely expect good performance from this single-core processor.
Current technologies have actually enabled AMD to somehow perfect their single-core architectures. Although this particular processor is made using the old (yet still reliable) 90nm fabrication process, it does boast having the advanced AMD64 instruction set architecture. One of its biggest advantages is its innovative ability to run both 64-bit and 32-bit applications without a problem.
Other notable features of this processor include HyperTransport, Cool â€˜nâ€™ Quiet, and Enhanced Virus Protection. HyperTransport technology contributes to a smooth communication between integrated circuits in your computer system. To explain further, this kind of technology produces faster data traffic by reducing I/O bottlenecks and increasing bandwidth. Itâ€™s basically a high-speed, low latency link that will help in the overall efficiency and performance of your PC.
Cool â€˜nâ€™ Quiet technology, meanwhile, reduces heat and noise in your system so you will no longer get distracted too much. Obviously, less distraction means higher productivity. Lower power usage means lower energy bills, and lower energy bills mean lower operating costs that will benefit you in the long run.
Since the AMD Athlon 64 LE-1640 processor can handle 32- and 64-bit applications, you can use the Windows VistaÂ® OS without a problem. Of course, you can also use Windows XPÂ® SP2 perfectly. With the processorâ€™s Enhanced Virus Protection (EVP) and the operating systemâ€™s security features, you can be assured protection from certain malicious viruses, worms and Trojan horses. It is a preventative measure that causes a particular virus to be localized, short-lived, non-contagious, and eventually flushed from the system’s memory.
The AMD Athlon 64 LE-1640 processor is therefore more than just an affordable product. Itâ€™s a capable component that will help you do your job worry-free. You can finish work fast and without a distraction through the help of HyperTransport and Cool â€˜nâ€™ Quiet technologies. You also get to surf the net without having to think about your systemâ€™s potential vulnerabilities against viruses.
by Ethel Merioles, Product Reviewer