AMD athlon 64 x2 4600+ review

A fallen king

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Our Verdict

Improved value still can't make the 5200+ the best option at the price


  • Increased affordability


  • Can't compete in the overclocking stakes

AMD's fallen upon hard times lately: this sub-£70 chip went for £120 just three short months ago, for a start.

The better news is that, with Core 2's high-end action largely revolving around quad core, the 4600+ hasn't slipped in the rankings any. It's still a reasonably fair fight when in the ring against the E6320 and E6420, overclocking aside.

If it suddenly rained AM2 motherboards from the skies or you're a crazy AMD fanboy who never gave up the dream, picking up one of these isn't the worst idea in the world.

The poor 4600+ looks a right mook against the £10 dearer E4300 though, which casually shames everything it can do once you drop that astonishing overclock onto it. Still a strong chip, but despite rock-bottom prices loses the value war.