AMD Athlon II X4 610E review

AMD targets home cinema systems with this new low-power quad-core chip

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Our Verdict

Worth a look for home cinema fans. Too expensive for everyone else.

Product features

  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)

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  • Sufficient of performance for a home cinema system
  • Runs cool and quiet


  • Not as efficient as we'd hoped
  • Expensive given the modest performance

Performance computing and environmental sympathy aren't exactly bum chums. After all, high end chips tend to be power hungry. But what if there was a low-power version of AMD's quad-core processor architecture that gave you the same performance without the gas guzzling?

That's exactly what the new AMD Athlon II X4 610E is supposed to deliver. Actually, the environmental aspect is a bit of a ruse. The real advantage of a low-power chip is the options it gives you in terms of form factors. With a power rating of just 45 Watts, the Athlon II X4 610E will run in much smaller systems while producing less heat and noise.

Anyway, inside the 610E's casing is precisely the same quad-core Propus die used in the AMD Athlon II X3 435 and AMD Athlon II X4 620 processors. It's therefore not AMD's most advanced quad-core architecture and lacks a shared L3 shared cache memory pool. At 2.4GHz, the 610E is also clocked significantly lower than AMD's full-power processors.

Tech Specs

Product TypeProcessor
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Thermal Design Power45 W
Processor ManufacturerAMD
Product FamilyAthlon II X4
Clock Speed2.40 GHz
Processor SocketSocket AM3 PGA-941
Brand NameAMD
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
64-bit ProcessingYes
L2 Cache2 MB
ManufacturerAdvanced Micro Devices, Inc
Product Model610e
Product NameAthlon II X4 610e Quad-core 2.4GHz Desktop Processor
Product LineAthlon II X4
Manufacturer Part NumberAD610EHDGMBOX
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Marketing Information

Do more of the things you want to in less time and enhance your digital life with the multi-core performance and energy efficiency of AMD Athlon II processor-based desktop systems. Combined with superior ATI Radeon HD graphics technology, systems based on the AMD Athlon II processor deliver a vivid visual experience, superior multi-tasking, and exceptional digital media performance with next-generation energy efficiency.

Packaged Quantity1
Process Technology45 nm