Page 2:The AMD760MP Chipset
Page 3:The One And Only AMD760MP Motherboard
Page 5:AMD SMP Technology - SmartMP
Page 6:Benchmark Setup
Page 7:Windows 2000 Results - Sysmark 2001
Page 8:Windows 2000 Results - 3D Studio Max R3
Page 9:Windows 2000 Results - CINEMA 4D
Page 10:Windows 2000 Results - Quake 3 Arena
Page 11:Windows 2000 Results - FlasK MPEG4 Encoding
Page 12:Windows 2000 Results - 3DMark2001
Page 13:Windows 2000 Results - SiSoft Sandra 2001 Pro SE
Page 14:Windows 2000 Results - Dual Processor Benefit
Page 15:Windows 98 Benchmarks [Updated]
Page 16:Windows 98 Results - 3D Games
Page 17:Windows 98 Results - 3D Games, Continued
Right now, the release of AMD's new dual-Athlon chipset seems more like a technology demonstration rather than a full-blown product release. We have learned that dual-AthlonMP is performing very well indeed, but as long as AMD doesn't supply AthlonMP at high enough clock speeds, Intel's Xeon solution has a clear performance advantage.
The high cost of the Tyan K7 Thunder cannot be equalized by the relatively low costs of AthlonMP. Right now dual AthlonMP systems are only interesting for server and workstation setups, where the system price is not considered important. However, even though AthlonMP is significantly cheaper than its Intel Xeon counterpart, it doesn't make a large difference once you look at the price of a complete server or workstation system.
We have seen that AthlonMP benefits more from dual-processor operation than Xeon, so that AthlonMP has a good chance to catch up and even overtake dual Xeon once AMD supplies AthlonMP processors at higher clock speeds. However, right now I wouldn't see how AMD would be able to attract a reasonable amount of customers with dual Xeon beating AthlonMP in the majority of benchmarks.
Home users will have to wait for inexpensive motherboard designs before they can afford their own dual AthlonMP system.
The performance increase from Athlon with Thunderbird core to Athlon with Palomino core is with 2-8% not quite what we would have liked to see. It is one reason more why users who want to run Athlon in single configuration should wait until the official Athlon processors with Palomino core for single-CPU operation become available, rather than spend too much money on an AthlonMP now.
As far as our testing is concerned, we didn't see any issues with dual-operated Athlon processors based on the Thunderbird core. Those processors feature the same SMP-capabilities as Palomino, even if AMD doesn't want us to believe it. However, no Thunderbird was or will ever be validated for dual-operation, which basically means that AMD doesn't take any responsibility if you should run into trouble. The story looks very similar to the good old Celeron SMP-situation of a few years ago. Intel claimed that Celeron wouldn't support SMP, but in actual fact it did. It's all politics, my friends, and wouldn't the world be a boring place without it?
- The AMD760MP Chipset
- The One And Only AMD760MP Motherboard
- AMD SMP Technology - SmartMP
- Benchmark Setup
- Windows 2000 Results - Sysmark 2001
- Windows 2000 Results - 3D Studio Max R3
- Windows 2000 Results - CINEMA 4D
- Windows 2000 Results - Quake 3 Arena
- Windows 2000 Results - FlasK MPEG4 Encoding
- Windows 2000 Results - 3DMark2001
- Windows 2000 Results - SiSoft Sandra 2001 Pro SE
- Windows 2000 Results - Dual Processor Benefit
- Windows 98 Benchmarks [Updated]
- Windows 98 Results - 3D Games
- Windows 98 Results - 3D Games, Continued