This content was originally featured on Amdmb.com and has been converted to PC Perspective’s website. Some color changes and flaws may appear.First let me apologize for a few things. There weren’t as many tests as I would liked to have done on this processor. I only got the unit 2 days before its launch, and had piles of other administrative crap to take care of. There will no doubt be some grammatical and spelling errors, as I have not even read-over my own writting as of this first posting. I am sorry, but try to look past them, okay? 🙂
There appears to be a trend in the processor market. Yes, yes indeed. Faster CPUs are being released and they are more powerful. Whodathunkit? AMD has proven beyond a doubt that their original cores of the Athlons and even the Durons scale incredibly well. We have seen the clock speed of the processor increase tremendously and the performance of the processors, in most cases, has increased right along with it.
It’s important to see why AMD released the Duron in another stepping. First and foremost, it was no doubt a way to shove their presence upon the retail market by showing that their budget processor is still at a higher clock speed than the Intel Celeron. Intel having just released a new Celeron processor probably would have liked to have the spotlight on them for longer than AMD allowed, but hey that’s the way the business world works.
The pricing of the Duron 900 is around $115. The pricing of a 1.33 GHz Athlon is currently around $250. Looking at the prices I just typed, I still can’t believe it. The Duron 900 MHz is at about half the price of the Athlon 1.33 GHz and about the same price as Celeron 800 MHz. Now is a great to upgrade your CPU. Whether you choose the budget route of the 900 MHz Duron processor or the more expensive way with the 1.33 GHz Athlon you will be getting a great deal on a processor. Whether or not the extra $115 is worth the performance increase is decision you and your wallet must make.
Hopefully soon, AMD will see the fruits of labor and getting a foot hold in the budget OEM market, which it needs to launch itself into the mainstream. How about some AMD commercials on TV? Even though I am not a fan of Intel, I kinda like their Blue Man Group commercials. :/ In the end, I have no problem recommending this processor to someone looking for a less expensive processor upgrade, or perhaps to someone who only has a 100/200 MHz FSB motherboard. The Duron 900 MHz is set to please.
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