A new era has commenced: The AMD Athlon front-side bus has finally graduated from 133MHz (266MHz DDR) to 166MHz (DDR333).
We wouldn't hesitate to say that the new state of affairs is quite welcome. Even with the new speed-boost, though, the new 333MHz Athlon bus still lags 200MHz behind the 533MHz (133MHz, quad-pumped) bus of the Pentium 4.
Whatever the case, the new release is excellent news for all, and we're delighted to be testing the new beast, and seeing if it lives up to everybodies long-held expectations.
So, as is our habit, let's say we skip the small-talk, and get down to the analysis, shall we?
P.S. One final detour before the tests; the CPU specifications.
Athlon XP model number: 2700+
Operating Frequency: 2.17GHz
Manufactured: AMD's Fab 30 wafer fabrication facility in Dresden, Germany.
Process Technology: 0.13 micron copper process technology Thoroughbred rev-B
Cache Size: L1 - 128KB and L2 - 256KB (384KB Total Cache)
Nominal Voltage: 1.65v
Die Size: 84mm2
Transistor count: Approx: 37.6 million
Infrastructure: Socket A
Max Die Temp: 85 degrees Celsius
Max Thermal Power: 68.3 W
Typical Thermal Power: 62.0 W
Icc (processor current) Max: 41.4 A
Icc Typical: 37.6 A
1KU pricing for Athlon XP models:
2800+ $397 (each in quantities of 1,000)
Please note that the 2.25GHz Athlon XP 2800+ will only be available in very limited quantities from a few very lucky resellers for the remainder of 2002, though volumes will increase in 2003.
Next: The test setup.
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