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AMDs Move To a 400MHz Bus Speed

AMDs Move To a 400MHz Bus Speed - PCSTATS
Abstract: While AMD just recently increased bus speeds 333MHz, there has been a lot of talk lately about the AthlonXP moving to a 400MHz bus speed as early as the third quarter of 2003.
Filed under: CPU / Processors Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: AMD Mar 21 2003   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks: QIII Arena, UT2003

Quake III Arena

Source: ID Software

Quake III Arena is a First Person Shooter (FPS) that revolutionized gaming as we know it. Using multiple light sources and having graphics textures that can fill videocards, even after 3 years it's still able to bring a cutting edge system to its knees.

Quake III Arena Fastest demo001 (SYSTEM)
Processor FPS Ranking
1. AthlonXP 3000+ 166/333 375.6
2. AthlonXP 3000+ 200/400 412.4

Quake III Arena Fastest nv15demo (CPU TESTER)
Processor FPS Ranking
1. AthlonXP 3000+ 166/333 107.2
2. AthlonXP 3000+ 200/400 116.9

Quake III has always loved bandwidth and thanks to the higher FSB, we get a nice 10% performance boost!

Unreal Tournament 2003 Demo

Source: Epic

Unreal Tournament 2003 is the sequel to 1999's multiple 'Game of the Year' award winner. It uses the very latest Unreal Engine technology - where graphics, sound and game play are taken beyond the bleeding edge. Unreal Tournament 2003 employs the use of Vertex as well as Pixel Shaders and it's recommended that you use a DirectX 8 videocard to get the most out of the game.

UT2003 Demo 640x480 Flyby
Video Card FPS Ranking
1.

AthlonXP 3000+ 166/333

224.38
2. AthlonXP 3000+ 200/400 247.18

UT2003 Demo 640x460 Botmatch
Video Card FPS Ranking
1.

AthlonXP 3000+ 166/333

73.51
2. AthlonXP 3000+ 200/400 80.31

Like Quake III Arena, UT2003 also gets a decent performance increase thanks to the higher FSB.

Well, what does all this mean?

So now that we know what some of the performance differences are, what can we make of it? If you're one to run mainly office based benchmarks you can get by with "slower" 333 MHz or 266 MHz based Athlon system for some time to come, but if you're into graphics or are a gamer you may want to invest in a 400 MHz based rig if and when they're available.

Raising the bus speed 400MHz will increase the Athlon's already high IPC, and this would give AMD a good counter to Intel's upcoming 800 MHz based Pentium 4's.

Uprgrading a current Athlon systems for 400 MHz FSB compatibility can be quite a chore since only nVIDIA's nForce2 officially supports 400 MHz FSB. Older chipsets like VIA's KT400, KT333 will probably run 400 MHz FSB but having the AGP and PCI's operate that high for an extended period of time is usually not a good idea. Getting high quality PC3200 memory may also pose some problems, but thankfully memory prices are quite low at the moment.

In the end though doesn't it always come down to performance? As we can see, raising the Athlon's bus speed from 333MHz to 400MHz can bring some fairly hefty performance increases, and hopefully this can hold AMD over till the Athlon64 is ready!

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5. Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz Processor Review

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Contents of Article: AMD AthlonXP 3000+
 Pg 1.  AMDs Move To a 400MHz Bus Speed
 Pg 2.  System Specs, Benchmarks: Winstone 2002
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: Super Pi, POV-Ray
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2003 Pro, PCMark2002
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001SE, 3DMark03
 Pg 6.  — Benchmarks: QIII Arena, UT2003

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