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First Athlon XP demonstrated

First Athlon XP demonstrated

The new Athlon XP was presented to the public for the first time today in Japan. In addition to the brown organic substrate, which will replace the old ceramics from now on, the 'timing' printed on the DIE was particularly noticeable.

At first glance, the CPU shown gave an idea of ​​1500Mhz. However, since the Athlon XP continues to be operated with a front side bus of 133Mhz (or 266Mhz according to the GDR method), this straight rate cannot be achieved in practice. Accordingly, AMD will not only use the new 'P-Rating' in advertising, but will also adapt the processor label accordingly. According to current information, the Athlon XP with a P rating of 1500+ will clock at 1333Mhz. With a current price of 320DM, the model in Japan is a whopping 42% more expensive than the 'old' Thunderbird 1333 and the first dealers and manufacturers have already expressed criticism - the new CPU costs hardly less than the Pentium 4.