AMD Athlon64 3200+ 32/64-bit Processor Review
In the late 90's AMD
released several processors in hopes of stealing the spotlight away from Intel and its Pentium II and later Pentium III processor. Tired of being an "Intel clone," AMD's goal became to set
market trends, instead of just following the lead of chipzilla. AMD's K6, K6-2
and K6-III processors all had a lot of promise, but with constant delays and manufacturing problems they just fizzled, ending up competing against Intel's bargain-basement budget Celeron processor, instead of the Pentium II's.
years ago, AMD finally got everything right with the K7 core, also known
as the Athlon. With the Athlon, AMD had accomplished their trend-setting goals, and observers could
see the Athlon was clearly superior to the Intel's Pentium 3 chip.
To top things off, the Athlon was also less expensive, and AMD was not hampered
with manufacturing/supply problems as they had experienced with earlier
that's ancient history now. We
all remember fondly how AMD stole the performance crown from Intel for a good
part of those last four years, and how the Athlon has evolved. Now with the reliable
K7 near the end of its life, we look forward to AMD's K8 processor, which is
being called the AMD Athlon64.
With the K8, AMD has even more ambitious goals
than in the past; they're simply trying to revolutionize the computer industry. The K8 will be the first 64-bit
desktop processor which is fully compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit software!