AMD Athlon 64 FX-74 vs Athlon 64 X2 5600+

General info

Comparing Athlon 64 FX-74 and Athlon 64 X2 5600+ processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.
Place in performance rating
Value for money (0-100)
Architecture codename
Release date
November 2006
December 2006
Launch price (MSRP)
no data
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Technical specs

Athlon 64 FX-74 and Athlon 64 X2 5600+ quantitative parameters such as cores and threads number, clocks, manufacturing process, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of Athlon 64 FX-74 and Athlon 64 X2 5600+ performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their test results.
Number of cores
Number of threads
Maximum frequency
3 GHz
2.9 GHz
L1 cache
128 KB
256 KB
L2 cache
1 MB
Manufacturing process technology
90 nm
90 nm
Die size
235 mm2
220 mm2
Transistor count
227 million
227 million
64 bit support


Information on Athlon 64 FX-74 and Athlon 64 X2 5600+ compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one.
Max number of CPUs in a configuration
Power consumption (TDP)
125 Watt
89 Watt

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Athlon 64 FX-74 and Athlon 64 X2 5600+.
Supported memory types
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Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Athlon 64 FX-74 and Athlon 64 X2 5600+. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

Athlon 64 FX-74 1.87 +74.8%
Athlon 64 X2 5600+ 1.07


Athlon 64 FX-74 1495 +74.9%
Athlon 64 X2 5600+ 855

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Athlon 64 FX-74 and Athlon 64 X2 5600+ are for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Advantages of AMD Athlon 64 FX-74

74.8% faster (about 1.5 times) in synthetic tests
Higher maximum frequency (3000 vs 2900 MHz)

Advantages of AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+

Less power hungry (89 vs 125 watts)
3DNow! (older SIMD instructions set used by AMD CPUs. Supercedes MMX, works with 64-bit registers)
AMD64 (AMD CPUs 64-bit architecture. Almost identical to Intel 64, save for some little and rarely used nuances)

So, Athlon 64 FX-74 or Athlon 64 X2 5600+?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends AMD Athlon 64 FX-74.
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