AMD Duron 800 Review
- Socket A architecture
- 200 MHz FSB
- 128K Level 1
- 64K Level 2 cache
It seems that with the recall
of the Intel Pentium III 1.13 GHz and the release of the 1.2 GHz Thunderbird
from AMD that the frequency wars have settled a bit at the current top-end.
With the imminent release of the Pentium 4 (maybe?) and with a move to 0.13
architecture for AMD's chips it can be quite dizzying. The biggest benefactors
of this speed race have been the consumers and the big two chip makers haven't
let us down in the "value" area of the market either. With a very
strong price to performance ratio it isn't surprising that new CPUs in this
market are often more eagerly anticipated by consumers.
In my collection of CPUs (we
should all be this lucky right?) I have an original PPGA Celeron 366 that
overclocks to 550 with just a minor boost in voltage. Also in my stable is
a Celeron 2 566 that overclocks to 850 MHz with only a 0.05 volt increase.
Pretty good one I have to say. But my friends at AMD have given me a nice
birthday surprise and sent me a Duron 800. I have to say that this is the
very best "value" processor I have ever seen. I have to keep putting
it in quotations like that because there is a lot of performance packed into
these processors, especialy when you take their price into consideration.
At just over a $100 the performance offered by the Duron 800 is pretty phenomenal.
I got the price I listed off of a web price engine so I think it is representative
of what these processors can be bought for. Intel isn't going to release an
800 or 850 MHz Celeron2 in the very near future - so I thought I'd throw out
some numbers for those of you who have been sitting on the fence deciding
whether to wait for the new Celerons at 100 MHz FSB or just jump ship to AMD's
Socket A architecture.
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