The Athlon XP 3000+ with Barton Core

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Here is the new Athlon XP 3000+ running the Barton core on the left with the Athlon XP 2700+ based on the Thoroughbred “Rev B” core on the right.

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The only difference here is that the core on the Barton is slightly “longer” as a result of the additional transistors needed for the 512 K cache. The new Barton now holds 54.3 million transistors and the die is now 101mm^2 in size. All of the Barton processors are being manufactured at AMD’s Fab 30 facility in Dresden, Germany and, of course, in the 0.13 micron process technology. Here are a few other statistics that you may be interested in seeing:

Nominal Voltage: 1.65v
Max Die Temp: 85 degrees Celsius
Typical Thermal Power: 58.4 W
Max Thermal Power: 74.3 W
Icc Typical (low power state): 7.2 A
Icc Typical (working state): 35.4 A
Icc (processor current) Max: 45.0 A

In addition to the 3000+ processor that we are reviewing here, AMD is also announcing the Athlon XP 2800+ running on a 333 MHz bus at 2.083 GHz frequency and an Athlon XP 2500+ at 333 MHz and 1.833 GHz frequency – both of which are Barton core processors.

Pricing is an interesting subject on these Barton cores. At the time of my writing this article, the resellers on were pre-selling the Athlon XP 3000+ processor for over $630. However, the official AMD 1KU pricing shows the Athlon XP 3000+ is priced at $580 – and we usually see real prices below these. The 2800+ Barton is priced to move at a much nicer $375. These new prices bring the AMD chips to a dangerously high price line that previously only Intel would have dared flirt with. I am very hopeful that the prices of all these chips will come down very soon.

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