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Attack: Duron 1200 Takes On the Pentium 4

Duron 1200: Low-Cost Superior To High-End? Continued

Nonetheless, AMD's current presentation is creating the impression that the manufacturer is pursuing a more aggressive marketing strategy than before. AMD isn't shy about making direct comparisons between its products and competing products, particularly those manufactured by its arch-rival, Intel. We focused our performance tests on the Celeron and the Pentium 4/1400.

AMD's new Duron 1200 promises up to 300 percent more power than a Celeron 1200. Even the Intel Pentium 4/1400 is supposedly up to 13 percent slower than AMD's low-cost processor.

Sounds pretty good, doesn't it? Once we heard these bold announcements, we decided to expand the testing ground in our Munich lab. This time around, the Intel Celeron 1200 was tested under Windows XP and Linux (using the latest kernel version). Our first step was to run the new benchmarks on all the low-cost processors under Windows XP.

This much is clear from the start - the Duron is a powerful processor that performs almost the same as the slightly slower Athlon processors. There were a few surprises in this test, though - as far as performance is concerned, the Duron 1200 manages to attack the much more expensive Intel processors.

ManufacturerAMDIntel
CPUDuron 1200Celeron 1200
CPU-CoreMorganTualatin
DIE0,18 Micron0,13 Micron
CPU platformSocket 462Socket 370
Front Side Bus100 MHz DDR100 MHz
L1 cache128 kB32 kB
L1 cache speedCPU clockCPU clock
L2 interface64 Bit256 Bit
L2 cache64 kB256 kB
L2 speedCPU clockCPU clock
L2 cache range64 GB64 GB
MMXyesyes
Platform Support
Memory typeSDRAM, DDR-SDRAMSDRAM, DDR-SDRAM
Memory clock133 MHz100 MHz
ChipsetsVIA KT133 bis KT266ASiS 735ALi Magik 1AMD 750 und 760Intel 815EPTVIA Apollo 133TSiS 633/635T
3D command extension
MMXyesyes
3D Nowyesno
3D Now+yesno
SSEyesyes
SSE2nono
Electrical Characteristics
Multi CPU supportnono
Vcore1,45 to 1,75 Volts1,30 to 1,65 Volts
Thermal Design Power(max.)41 Watt27 Watt
Current (max.)46 Ampere48 Ampere
Thermal diodeyesyes
Thermal protectionnoyes
Priceca. $100ca. $130

This chart shows a side-by-side comparison of the two low-cost competitors. The AMD Duron 1200 is manufactured using the 0.18 micron process, while the Intel Celeron 1200 with the Tualatin core is based on 0.13 micrometer-wide strip conductors.