Duron 950 to Athlon XP 1.7+ in the test: AMD processor Roundup

Duron 950 to Athlon XP 1.7+ in the test: AMD processor Roundup


After we have often dealt with mainboards for Socket A introduced by Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) in the past, we should now first time going to the processors for this processor socket. In contrast to Intel, AMD has continued to adhere to this system since its presentation in 2000. Intel, on the other hand, chose Socket 370, Socket 423 and finally Socket 478 from 1999 to the present day. For Intel, a new socket was mostly associated with a completely new architecture, the Pentium 4 with the older Willamette and the new Northwood Core, which is already manufactured in 0.13 µm, has for the time being reached its peak.With the introduction of the Athlon XP with a Palomino core and the new Duron processor with a Morgan core, AMD recently demonstrated that a new socket is not necessarily always required to significantly increase the processor's performance. We took a look at the latest processors from this company and would like to show where the potential strengths and weaknesses of the newcomers lie. At this point, our thanks go to AMD, who were so kind as to provide us with a wide range of test processors.

AMD logo from processors
Batch Processors
The processors at a glance


In order not to distract too much from the actual topic of this processor comparison test, we have decided to publish the history of AMD processors, starting with the K5, in a separate and therefore also to publish more detailed articles . We have tried to represent the development and the individual architectural steps as precisely as necessary. Certainly it could be a little more precise, but ultimately these are obsolete models that hardly play a role today. However, there are also some interesting parallels to be observed. So the K5 came with a performance rating similar to the Athlon XP from today. This means that the speed information on the processor is only a comparison variable to another processor, but has little to do with the real clock rate of the processor. We will look at the performance rating of the Athlon XP and its technical refinements and also that of the new Duronother details in the next section of this article.

Meeting of the Athlon XP
The new ones at a glance
Ceramic vs Organic Pin Grid Array

On the next page: Overview