In this the fastest, and probably last, Athlon XP, the maximum thermal power loss has hit a record high of 76.8 watts. Granted, the Intel Pentium 4 at 3 GHz is still the juggernaut of the x86 desktop world, racking up a sizzling 81.8 watts of power. AMD, however, has managed to trump its old "block heater" Thunderbird, which generated 73.5 watts, and the Thoroughbred "B," which produced 74.3 watts.
The number of transistors has stayed the same in the Athlon XP 3200+: 54.3 million of them, now with nine wiring levels since the last update. The competing Pentium 4 boasts 55 million transistors and six wiring levels. The new Athlon is still being provided with 1.65 volts.
BIOS settings in testing the Athlon XP 3200+.
- Maxed Out: Athlon XP 3200+ With FSB200
- Athlon XP 3200+: An End To Downward Compatibility?
- Athlon XP 3200+: An End To Downward Compatibility? Continued
- Zooming In On Technology: Thermal Power Loss And Voltages
- Zooming In On Technology: Thermal Power Loss And Voltages, Continued
- Memory Lane: History Of All The AMD And Intel CPUs
- Obscure Model Numbering
- Obscure Model Numbering, Continued
- Comparing All Athlon XP CPUs
- The Test Boards Up Close
- Test Setup And Details
- Benchmarks Under Windows XP
- Quake 3 Arena
- DirectX 8 Game: Unreal Tournament 2003
- 3D Mark 2001 SE
- MP3 Maker Platinum 3.04
- AV Encoding & Rendering: Pinnacle Studio 8.5
- Archiving: WinRAR 3.11
- CPU Rendering: Cinema 4D XL 8
- Office Applications: Sysmark 2002
- Office Applications: PC Mark 2002
- SiSoft Sandra 2003
- Conclusion: The Athlon XP3200+ Isn't A Hit, But A Paper Tiger