Break out the champagne, ladies and gentlemen, for the (long awaited) 0.13 micron process AMD Athlon XP Thoroughbred have arrived!
Though originally expected to arrive several months ago, the new process has debuted as part of the Thoroughbred 0.13 Microns core. The new Athlons will also draw less power, and dissipate less heat than those based on the "Palomino" core. This is due in part to the new manufacturing process, and partly due to the "Thoroughbred's" smaller number of transistors -- 37.2 million vs. the "Palomino's" 37.5 million.
Asides from that, however, the new core is indistinguishable from the last, with the L1 and L2 caches remaining unchanged. The L2 cache, though, is expected to double in size with the release of the 7th generation of the XP series, code named "Barton".
So, since there is little new to be said about the processor's underlying tech, we'll head directly to the performance analysis.
To that end, we'll be comparing the AMD Athlon XP 2200+ "Thoroughbred", to an Athlon XP 2100+ "Palomino", as well as to 533MHZ FSB Intel Pentium 4 CPUs.
By the way, as the last point the Athlon XP 2200+ will sell in 1KU quantities for $241us each.