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AMD ships 1.2GHz Duron

'DDR faster than single data rate SDRAM' shock

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AMD has released its latest Duron processor, running at 1.2GHz.

The chip, based on AMD's Palomino core, supports a 200MHz frontside bus and contains 128KB of on-die L2 cache.

AMD reckons that a system based on the 1.2GHz Duron and DDR memory yields "significantly" better 3D games performance than a PC with a 1.2GHz Celeron and single data rate SDRAM. Equally, it beats a 1.4GHz Pentium 4 plus SDRAM system at "office productivity and digital media" apps by 13 per cent.

AMD doesn't specify what "significantly" actually means, or note whether the Intel systems used PC100 or PC133 SDRAM. Or, for that matter, which species of DDR the Duron box contained. And since you'd expect a DDR system to be better than an SDRAM rig, we're not sure whether the "significant" performance hike has anything to do with the CPU.

The chip costs $103 when bought in batches of 1000 chips. ®

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