This content was originally featured on Amdmb.com and has been converted to PC Perspective’s website. Some color changes and flaws may appear.There is no doubt that the new Athlon MP 1800+ is a great improvement over the Athlon MP 1.2 GHz processors. Since the previous MP processors used the same core and this is simply a frequency increase, the difference in scores is pretty much what is expected between the two.
What was not expected was the ability of the Athlon XP 1800+ processor on the KT266A powered Epox 8KHA+ to come often times very close to the speeds of the dual processor setup. Admittedly, the benchmarks that had a high amount of support for SMP, such as Adobe Photoshop and the Linux compilation, show a significant increase in speed for the single and dual threaded results. However, scores like that of the Content and Business Winstone show that the extra power of the DDR memory speeds on the KT266A chipset out-weigh the performance gains on a dual-processor setup on the slower AMD-760 MP chipset.
Keep in mind that dual-processor systems can still be utilized in more ways that simply having multi-threaded applications. If you often find yourself actively running about 10 applications at a time, for instance making MP3s, typing a paper, surfing the web and compiling a computer-science project (yes, this is straight from my life!), the two processors are still utilized to the best of the operating systems ability, be it Windows 2000, XP or a version of Linux.
There are some more motherboards using the AMD-760 MP chipset coming our way soon. Whether or not they have had the time to increase the performance enough to dramatically change the benchmarks we have seen here won’t be known until we can get time to test them out. Epox, MSI and Gigabyte are all working hard to finalize their product and get them here to the eager public. It will take a strong showing of support from those companies to counter-act the excitement of even their own KT266A based motherboards that are being released now.
In any case, AMD has made a good move by releasing a new speed upgrade to their Athlon MP line of processors. Many may not be fans of the new model numbering system, but it only makes sense for AMD to globally change their processors to use it so as to avoid as much confusion as possible. Will the Durons make this change? I have yet to see evidence of that but it would not surprise me. With the new processors, new chipsets and new motherboard manufacturer’s supporting AMD, the consumer has nothing but great options ahead of them and tough choices – but this is what consumers want and ask for – performance.
There is a lot of discussion on these kinds of questions over at the AMDForums.com.
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