New rumors about the Thoroughbred
The Inquirer has got their hands on a new 'secret' document about the successor to the Palomino core of the current Athlon XP series. According to the document, the Thouroughbred will be released between mid-May and the end of June.
The first version of the new Athlon XPs will be clocked at 1800 MHz. As has been customary for some time, this one will again have a performance rating. This is 2200+ for the said model. Thus, the difference between the real clock and the model number is already 400. While the temperature problems of the processors are solved by the 0.13 micron manufacturing process, problems with the power can occur with processors clocked from 2 GHz. The currently fastest XP 2100+ (1733 MHz) requires a maximum of 41.4 amps, but the new version with 2000 MHz should draw 45 amps. This could be a problem with current Socket A motherboards, as not all of them can offer up to 45 amps. The model number of the 2 GHz version of the Athlon XP is not yet known. This will probably also become a problem, as the difference between the real clock rate of the CPU and the model number keeps growing.