Performance Matters: AMD Introduces AthlonXP Processor


Before we get into discussions of the pros and contras of AMD's model number policy, I suggest we have a look at the benchmark results scored with AthlonXP 1800+, which is in actual fact running at 1533 MHz. I want to be frank with you and admit that I am not really satisfied with the benchmarks we did, which is why I will supply you with the charts only and spare you any of my comments. I have requested a lot more benchmarks from our lab and the guys there have started running them. Please feel free to send in your own benchmarking suggestions. They will be posted as soon as possible.

Benchmark Setup

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Intel Systems
Socket 423
CPUIntel Pentium 4/ 2000 MHz(400 MHz QDR FSB)
MotherboardASUS P4T (Intel 850) Revision: 1.06
Memory2 x 128 MB, RDRAM, 400 MHz, Viking
Socket 478
CPUIntel Pentium 4/ 2000 MHz(400 MHz QDR FSB)
MotherboardShuttle AV40V12 (VIA P4X266) Revision: 1.0
Memory2 x 128 MB, DDR-SRDAM, 133 MHz, CL2, Micron
AMD Systems
Socket 462
CPUAMD Athlon XP 1800+(266 MHZ DDR), clock speed at 1533 MHzAMD Athlon 1400 MHz(266 MHZ DDR)
Motherboard 1Gigabyte GA-7DX (AMD 760) Revision: 4.0
Motherboard 2Epox EP-8KHA+ (VIA KT266A) Revision: 2.0
Memory256 MB DDR-SDRAM, CL2, PC2100, Micron
Common Hardware
Graphics CardGeForce 3Memory: 64 MB DDR-SDRAMMemory Clock: 200 MHzChip Clock: 250 MHz
Hard Disk40 GB, 5T040H4, MaxtorUDMA100, 7200 rpm, 2 MB Cache
Drivers & Software
IDE (Intel)Intel Chipset Installation Utility Production Release V3.00.029IAA Version 3.1.2017.0
AGP (Intel)Intel Ultra ATA Storage Driver Production Release v6.10.011
IDE (AMD)VIA 4 in 1 Version 4.33 FINAL
AGP (AMD)Miniport Driver 4.80 (Win98SE)Miniport Driver 5.22 (Win2K)
Graphics DriverDetonator 4 Series V21.81
DirectX Version8.0a
OSWindows 2000 Pro SP2 (Build 2195)Windows 98 SE, Version 4.10.2222 A
Benchmarks and Settings
Quake III ArenaRetail Version 1.16command line = +set cd_nocd 1 +set s_initsound 0Graphics detail set to 'Normal'Benchmark using 'Q3DEMO1'
3DMark2000Version 1.1 Build 340 - default Benchmark
3DMark2001Build 200 - default Benchmark
SiSoft Sandra 2001SE Pro
CINEMA 4DCineBench R6
Unreal TournamentVersion 4.36, UTBench
Sysmark 2000Patch 5
Sysmark 2001Patch 3
DronezRow 34 - Cell 1
EvolvaV1.2 Build 944