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AMD AthlonXP 3000+ Barton Processor Review

AMD AthlonXP 3000+ Barton Processor Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: AMD have incorporated an extra 256KB of L2 cache on the core, thus giving it a grand total of 512KB L2 cache.
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External Mfg. Website: AMD Feb 13 2003   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > CPU / Processors > AMD AthlonXP 3000+

AMD comes back with a vengeance!

The AMD AthlonXP 3000+ Barton Core processor with 512KB L2 Cache is currently priced at $588USD.

Throughout the Athlon era AMD has been continually challenging Intel for the "performance crown" and it seems they've achieved the goal of being "Number 1" yet again thanks to theĀ  new AthlonXP 3000+. Yes I know AMD's IPC is much higher but I still think it's pretty amazing that the chip is so fast considering it has a real clock speed disadvantage of almost 1 GHz!

The AthlonXP 3000+ simply smashed through all the benchmarks we threw at it - other than 3DMark03 which is mainly videocard limited. We did experience some odd 3D results when the AthlonXP 3000+ was teamed up with a Radeon 9700 Pro and the DFI AD77 Infinity motherboard, but we're pretty sure that the lower than expected 3D performance is related to a driver issue rather than a hardware conflict.

In terms of overclocking, the Barton core picks off right where the Thoroughbred B left off and we were able to hit 2.47GHz while maintaining 100% stability on air cooling. With a Prometeia Phase Change cooler I'm sure 2.7GHz is easily possible!

The Barton core is basically the Thoroughbred with an extra 256KB L2 cache to give the processor a grand total of 512KB of L2. The extra L2 is obviously helpful and gives a nice performance boost when you're working on programs which are very processor intensive like Photoshop, or playing your favorite games (as long as you're not videocard limited).

I guess the only down side to the AthlonXP 3000+ is that since it is now AMD's flagship processor, it commands an equally lofty price tag. As of this writing, an AthlonXP 3000+ will cost about $588 USD, just $29 less than Intel's top end HyperThreading Pentium 4 3.06GHz chip. With the Athlon64 still some ways off we'd all better get use to the Barton, it's going to be with us for quite a while but that's not a bad thing by any means. ;-)

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Contents of Article: AMD AthlonXP 3000+
 Pg 1.  AMD AthlonXP 3000+ Barton Processor Review
 Pg 2.  Overclocking, you know you love it!
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: SysMark2002, Winstone 2002
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: Super Pi, POVray
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2003, PCMark2002
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001SE, 3DMark03
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: QIII Arena, UT2003
 Pg 8.  — AMD comes back with a vengeance!

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