Performance Matters: AMD Introduces AthlonXP Processor

New Packaging

AthlonXP comes in a new packaging, which is based on the same material as found in Intel's Pentium III, Celeron and Pentium 4 processors. The only difference is that the material used with AthlonXP is brown, while the Intel processors are green. The new material is supposed to have better thermal behavior and more elasticity than the previously used ceramic. Besides this important feature, the new organic material is also lighter and cheaper than the previous packaging material.