New processors from AMD and Intel
As usual, AMD and Intel have again launched new top models of their processors this year. AMD today presents the Athlon XP 2000+, Intel the Pentium 4 Northwood with 2.0 and 2.2 GHz clock frequency.
The new processors are officially available on the market today. Intel relies on the new Northwood core in 0.13 µ technology and 512 KB L2 cache. AMD sets the XP 2000+ against it, whose clock has been increased to 1666 MHz. In contrast to the quite power-hungry Athlon processor, the power consumption of the Pentium 4 was reduced to 52.4 watts at a clock rate of 2.2 GHz due to the core voltage being lowered to 1.5 volts. That is 30 percent less than the Pentium 4 with a Willamette core and 2 GHz (76 watts) and 23 percent less than the Athlon XP 1900+ with 68 watts. The price of the Intel CPUs is 562, - US dollars (631, - €) for the 2.2 GHz version and 364, - US dollars (409, - €) for the 2 GHz version, the new Athlon XP 2000 + costs 339 US dollars (381 €), all prices are wholesale prices for a purchase of 1,000 processors. Alternate, which offered the AMD processor last week, also reduced the price by € 77 to € 469.