AMD officially introduces the Athlon XP
After long announcements and a whole series of speculations, AMD has finally officially presented the new Athlon XP, the successor to the Ahlon Thunderbird, today. The chip equipped with the Palomino core (the core is already used in the Mobile Athlon 4 and Athlon MP) should continue to stand up to the Pentium 4, which is slowly but surely gaining ground.
The press release confidently praises the new CPU as the 'most powerful desktop processor'. In order for the buyer to recognize the additional performance on paper, AMD had already announced the introduction of the so-called 'P-Rating' weeks ago. The CPUs are no longer named after their physical clock, but rather the clock of an equally fast 'comparison CPU', in this case the Pentium 4. The four versions of the Athlon XP, which are available with 1333, 1400, 1466 and 1533Mhz, will therefore go on sale as 1500+, 1600+, 1700+ and 1800+. But not only the performance should be more expressed by the new lettering. The price also seems to be confidently based on the corresponding Pentium 4 variants. The Athlon XP 1800+ costs $ 252, the P4 1800Mhz $ 256 (prices for quantities of 1000). All CPUs have a 384KByte cache and are manufactured in Dresden using 0.18µm technology. How the performance, as well as the price and the 'new old' P-Rating will be received by customers, will certainly become clear in the next few weeks. Complete PCs with Athlon XP are already available in individual cases.