The "darling of home users" is presenting its seventh model with a Palomino core, the Athlon XP 2100+. The Athlon XP 2100+'s effective clock rate, no longer a crucial criterion for the performance of a processor, reaches an astonishing 1733 MHz. It's pretty obvious, though, that the manufacturer has maxed out its performance - at least while using the 0.18 micron manufacturing process. According to unofficial sources, AMD is planning to unveil the Athlon XP 2200+ at 1800 MHz and with a Palomino core in the near future. The reason? Older roadmaps claim that the successor to the Palomino, the 'Thoroughbred,' is long overdue.
The AMD Athlon XP 2100+ at 1733 MHz.
Add to that the fact that, with its Pentium 4/2200, arch enemy Intel is not exactly an overwhelming enemy, and so AMD isn't feeling much pressure to beef up performance. One major issue here is optimizing software for a certain CPU architecture. Intel shows more activities in this respect than AMD, though most benchmarks are still based on older software.
- Maxed Out: Palomino Core Up To 1800 MHz
- Comparing The Cores: Palomino Vs. Thoroughbred Vs. Northwood
- A Translation Table As A Clock Multiplier
- Important: Bios Update For Athlon XP 2100+
- Price Comparison: AMD Athlon XP Vs. Intel Pentium 4
- Test Setup
- Benchmarks Under Windows XP
- OpenGL-Performance: Quake 3 Arena
- DirectX 7 Games: 3D Mark 2000
- MP3-Audio-Encoding: Lame MP3
- SiSoft Sandra 2002 Benchmarks: CPU Und Multimedia
- 3D-Rendering: Newtek Lightwave 7b
- 3D-Rendering: 3D Studio Max 4.2
- Archiving: WinACE 2.11
- Office-/Internet-Performance: Sysmark 2002
- Conclusion: The Athlon XP 2100+ Outclasses The Pentium 4/2200