Athlon MP rumpy-pumpy

Benchmark boogie

HWRoundup A few reviews have sprung up around the Web regarding AMD's new Athlon MP chips, an update on the older MP chips, which ran at a maximum clock speed of 1.2GHz. On the whole, they seem to be fairly identical to the recently launched Athlon XP chips, but with multi-processor support.

AMDZone has a piece benchmarking the new 1800+ chip (1.53GHz) against an earlier 1.2GHz Athlon MP, but fails to sound tremendously excited about the new processor.

SimHQ gets more excited, showing benchmarks that run the new 1800+ about ten percent quicker than the older 1.2GHz MP and excelling in 'Internet Content Creation'. The site recommends a dual MP system for AutoCAD and other graphic intensive users, noting that it comes in at a similar cost to a P4 2GHz machine.

Amdmb.com also has a benchmark of the 1800+ MP, mostly showing the expected performance improvement results. The reviewer does comment that on non SMP-tuned applications and tasks, the single XP chip comes very close to matching the performance of dual MP chips. ®

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