AMD Athlon II X3 435 review

A triple-core chip for dual-core money? Where do we sign up?

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Our Verdict

AMD's budget tripler looks good on paper but fails to deliver in the real world.

Product features

  • Processor Core : Triple-core (3 Core)

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For

  • Attractive balance of cores and clocks
  • Overclocks reasonably well

Against

  • Not enough performance for the money
  • Core unlocking is a lottery

When AMD first rolled out a triple-core chip, it smelt like a desperate move by a company struggling to stay relevant in the face of Intel running rampant. What, therefore, should you make of the latest cut-price tripler, the AMD Athlon II X3 435?

In practice, it doesn't really matter what AMD's motivations are. All that counts is whether the Athlon II X3 435 delivers competitive performance at this price point. It's certainly up against some pretty stiff in-house competition from the likes of the quad-core AMD Athlon II X4 620. OK, the triple-core 435 runs 300MHz faster at 2.9GHz. But can that really make up for a missing core?

The Athlon II X3 435 must also do battle with the dual-core AMD Phenom II X2 550 and triple-core AMD Phenom II X3 720. Both are based on AMD's ritzier Deneb processor die but only cost a little more. As for Intel chips, it will be interesting to see if the Athlon II X3 makes for a realistic cut price alternative to some of Intel's latest dual-core, quad-thread processors such as the Core i5 661.

Tech Specs

Product TypeProcessor
Processor CoreTriple-core (3 Core)
Thermal Design Power95 W
Processor ManufacturerAMD
Product FamilyAthlon II X3
Clock Speed2.90 GHz
Processor SocketSocket AM3 PGA-941
Brand NameAMD
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, ENERGY STAR
64-bit ProcessingYes
Thermal Specification73°C
L2 Cache1.50 MB
ManufacturerAdvanced Micro Devices, Inc
Product Model435
Product NameAthlon II X3 Tri-core 435 2.9GHz Processor
Package TypeRetail
Product LineAthlon II X3
Manufacturer Part NumberADX435WFGIBOX
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.amd.com
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
Package Contents
  • Athlon II X3 Tri-core 435 2.9GHz Processor
  • Installation Manual
  • Certificate of Authenticity
  • AMD Processor Case Sticker
  • Heatsink/fan with Thermal Interface
Limited Warranty3 Year