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Signal Ground: Athlon Buyers' Guide

May 26, 2001, 15:00 (3 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Ken Treis for this link. ]

This article provides more than enough information to figure out which way to go on building an AMD-based system. Information on the Athlon, Duron, and the assorted branches of the family tree is provided. Hardware geeks may already know all this, but it's a handy overview for people who are venturing into putting together their own system and want to know the lay of the land. Kernel compile benchmarks are included.

"As we popped the Duron chip out of our test board and dropped in a 1.2 GHz Thunderbird, we couldn't help but feel that we were making a significant upgrade. "Move over, kid," we thought as we substituted silicon for silicon. But what difference would the big brother ultimately make? Would the upgrade simply boost our egos, or would the new chip's performance really shine in our everyday computing activities? If it did make a difference, how much of that was due to the architectural variations between the Duron and Athlon?

Never content to let questions like this remain unanswered, we whipped out the specs and benchmarks. But in order to understand the current generation of AMD chips, it's important to first examine the lineage of the Athlon family."

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