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AMD ATHLON XP 2600+
Price:
Rs 17,820
Meant
for:
Power hungry users
Features:
Thoroughbred Revision B, Socket 423, 64 KB L1, 256 KB L2 cache
Pros:
Very good performance
Cons:
High cost
Contact:
AMD Far East (India), New Delhi
Tel:
011-6238620—29
E-mail
:
rahul.singh@amd. com 

Intel has stolen much of AMD’s thunder in the past few weeks with its recent releases like the 2.53 GHz P4 processor. But AMD is fighting back with the Thoroughbred Revision B. Instead of the usual increases of 33—66 MHz in the clock speed, this new core jumps ahead by taking the performance rating to 2600 (2.13 GHz). Architecturally, the new core features a new layer of interconnects, having 9 compared to 8 in Revision A and 6 in P4 Northwood. All other specifications stay the same.

We tested this processor with an Epox EP-8K3A+ board, 256 MB PC2700 DDR, Western Digital WD1200 hard drive and a GeForce2 GTS. We ran them through our usual set of benchmarks, and the numbers speak for themselves (see table). A direct comparison here is difficult since the two use different motherboards and memory modules. Nevertheless, the Athlon performed very well, and the only application in which the P4 convincingly defeated the Athlon was in DivX encoding. 

The Bottom Line: At Rs 17,820, the XP 2600+ doesn’t come cheap, but if you are a power hungry user, this is an ideal
choice

  Content Creation
Winstone 2001
Quake III Arena
640*480*16
Serious Sam
640*480*16
3D mark
2001
MP3
encoding
DivX
encoding
P4 2.8 GHz 93.3 323.3 150.1 5212 64 119
XP 2600+ 104.6 257 153.1 5206 58 166
P4 2.53 GHz 84.8 263 118.3 4348 70 152

Anuj Jain at PCQ Labs

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