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 the short length of the review. For covering two great new processors, I realize this isn’t quite enough. After the extensive work on the Athlon MP processor and AMD-760 MP chipset, in addition to preparing for my appearance on TechTV’s The ScreenSavers show. Forgive me!
Let me answer a few questions you are sure to have. Will the 1.4 GHz be the last Athlon Thunderbird processor? Chances are, yes. AMD has told me over and over that they will not commit to this being the last Thunderbird, but with the launch of the desktop Palomino processor coming in August, it’s not a far reach to them stop here. That will surely let the desktop Palomino launch at the expected 1.5 GHz speed.
Next, many of you will wonder if you can put the Athlon 1.4 in the Tyan Thunder K7 AMD-760 MP motherboard. Short answer: yes with a ‘if’. Long answer: no with a ‘but’ (Read: Simpson’s quote). While the 1.4 GHz that I had worked with a 1.33 GHz Athlon without a problem, AMD does not suggest it nor do they support it. They have spent a lot of time and money ensure that the Athlon MP is 100% multi-way compatible. AMD surely wants to move forward in technology, not backwards. Rather than spend time finding out if their older platform is 100% compatible with the new platform, they chose to work on the desktop Palomino. AMD doesn’t want to have a bunch of end users running Athlons or Durons on the 760 MP chipset to later find that there was a slight problem that they had not checked. Therefore, AMD does not support or suggest putting Thunderbirds in the 760 MP chipset. You can make your own decision from there.
The Duron 950 MHz, though only a 50 MHz jump over what we last saw, seems to have benefited greatly from the hard work the Athlon has been getting. The 950 -> 1300 MHz overclock is outstanding! With the low price of this processor I am sure many users will want it in a secondary system or for consumers with a low-end system in mind.
Overall, these two processors are a great addition to an already outstanding line of CPUs. If you are looking for a new CPU, either of these will would be an excellent choice, depending on your price range.
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