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At The Last Second: AMD's Trump Card - The Athlon XP 2600+

Office-/Internet-Performance: Sysmark 2002

In all three parts, the Athlon XP 2600+ lands only in mid-field, achieving the performance level of a Pentium 4/2000 with the Northwood core. Even a high clock speed for the Athlon XP does not help. It's the old dilemma again: there's a lack of throughput for the memory interface of the VIA KT333 chipset. A further note about all AMD Athlon XP CPUs: optimizations are lacking, so the AMD processors fall a bit behind when compared to the Intel models.