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LinuxHardware.org: AMD Duron 850 Review

Jun 12, 2001, 19:00 (22 Talkback[s])

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This review of the AMD Duron 850 compares it to an Athlon 850 and finds that in some instances, the Duron delivers similar performance to its more pricey sibling. The usual benchmarking suspects: kernel compiles, Quake 3, and POV Ray are brought out for this in-depth.

"We found the Duron completely capable under Linux. While the smaller L2 cache certainly hurt it in some areas, the difference wasn't that large. The cost difference is pretty big though, and with the Duron being so overclockable, it certainly proves to be a great value for those who don't need the fastest box on the street.

As a Linux user, you really can't go wrong either way. Both chips are supported evenly. However, if you are a developer or like to compile many things from source, the Duron may not be the best choice. Whatever you choose, we hope this article has helped make the decision easier."

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