Conclusions on AMD’s New Focus
This content was originally featured on Amdmb.com and has been converted to PC Perspective’s website. Some color changes and flaws may appear.This article has been quite an adventure and is quite obviously a dramatic turn of events for AMD. The introduction of a new core for a desktop processor is a HUGE event, but with the new model numbering system and market schemes this could be the largest day in AMD’s history for quite some time. And the processor at the heart of it all, the Athlon XP processor with QuantiSpeed Architecture does not disappoint the occasion.
The long wait for the desktop Palomino core has now passed us and even with the stirrings of a few about the naming of the processor as the ‘XP’ or about the new model numbering system, there should be nothing but excitement over the new processor. Having to deal with the title ‘Athlon XP 1800+’ shouldn’t be a problem that any user, no matter how deep there dislike, cannot look past and see the value and power of the new AMD processor.
The deception of the ‘MHz Myth’ is going to be difficult to counter, even with the development of a new standard, and AMD knows this. The idea that MHz equals power has long been ingrained in the computer and technology market’s retinas. AMD’s goal to get the industry on equal footing and equal testing grounds will surely cause a stir up at the offices of the mighty blue giant, Intel, and it will be interesting to see how they react and what their counterarguments will be. AMD’s case seems air-tight now, but there may be faults or reasoning against the new scale and measure that I have not thought of to mention. Only time will tell on that issue.
The addition of the QuantiSpeed Architecture term is purely for advertising and marketing reasons, and this is nothing but GOOD for AMD. AMD needs to break open the gap in the retail and OEM markets more than it already has, and to do that it needs to counter the MHz Myth that most general consumers have. The QuantiSpeed terminology makes it easier for sales people to push the fact that Athlon XP performs better in nearly ALL applications than competing processors.
The performance of the Athlon XP processor can’t be denied when looking at the benchmarks. It is consistently a good 10-15% higher in most tests thanks to both the inclusion of the Palomino core and the increased frequency. It all goes back to our IPC X Frequency = Performance discussion! 🙂 If you want the most powerful system available on the market, getting an Athlon XP 1800+ and a great DDR motherboard with some PC2100 memory, you will surely have it! All of the current processor models, 1800+, 1700+, 1600+ and 1500+, are currently available all over the retail market, including Monarch Computer.
Where does AMD go from here? Well, there have been some complaints about the Athlon MP processors needing a speed upgrade, so perhaps we will see something on that subject soon. AMD will also be working hard to promote the new XP line of processors and is still working hard with more motherboard manufacturers to get as many motherboards as possible verified and tested for the Athlon XP CPUs.
Giving a rating and an Editor’s Choice award may seem trivial when given to an entire line of processors, but I feel strongly that the Athlon XP is a great addition to AMD family and to the computer industry in general. With that in mind, I present the AMD Athlon XP 1800+ processor with an Editor’s Choice award as well as a 9.5 / 10.0 rating!
You can purchase any of the Athlon XP processors with QuantiSpeed Architecture at Monarch Computer today!