what Athlon MP? and why is it so expensive? I'm looking in a newspaper now and it says that there will be Athlon for laptops very soon that will kick some ass intel's P3 and P4(that will be shipper only in 2002). says gonna be 15% faster...is that all lie? is that Athlon Mp they are talking about?
Nope, the athlon MP is for servers/workstations. I think the MP means Multiple Processor. Thats why it's so expensive. The Athlon 4 is for laptops. It is supposed to be alot faster than intel laptops i dont know if this is true being that i haven't seen any benchmarks yet.
AthlonMP is a Palimino core Athlon intended for dual processor machines. The CPU itself is moderately expensive wrt other Athlons. The kicker is the motherboard, which goes for about $550. A couple reasons for this:
- The only dual athlon motherboard is the Tyan Thunder K7, as soon as other stuff becomes available, competition will do wonders for the price!
- The Tyan board is aimed at the server & high-end workstation environment, and has built-in everything (2 NIC, SCSI, IDE, sound, graphics, etc.). If you look at boards for this market, the price isn't to outrageous. Take a look at Xeon MB.
Actually, I've been seeing Compaq Athlon4 laptops out there already, from places like TigerDirect (and I <i>still</i> can't figure how I got on TigerDirect's mailing list...).
As for kicking the P3's ass, the Athlon4 laptops most certainly will performance-wise. They've been benchmarked as being somewhat faster than desktop T-birds, and desktop T-birds already whip the P3.
The problem (at least the one problem I might have with the Athlon4 notebooks) is their power consumption. I have a hard enough time getting my P3 laptop battery to last all the way through a single DVD, and the CPU clocks down to 500 MHz when unplugged! An Athlon4, unfettered by PowerNow!, still consumes twice the wattage of a 1GHz P3. The only hope of getting around these power consumption issues is PowerNow!, but frankly, I'm not sure how far that can go. I'd have to see some battery-life benchmarks first.
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