AthlonXP has been very good to AMD, and consumers alike. The brand new AthlonXP 3200+
continues this proud tradition with excellent results. Although the K7 is near the end of its
useful lifespan it is easily AMD's most successful processor; able to snag the performance crown
away from Intel for a good two
As the benchmarks have shown in this review the AXP
3200+ is still very competitive against Intel's top of the line chip offering. While the Pentium
4 3.0C is clearly faster in benchmarks such as SysMark2002, things are much
closer between the two in Winstone 2002 benchmarks.
The AthlonXP 3200+ has the advantage when it comes
to FPU intensive applications, and the game benchmarks (other then Q3) tend to
like the AMD processor a bit more.
The move to a 200 MHz Bus Speed was clearly a "Keeping up with the Jones'" move.
Intel was surely going to capitalize on this with their P4 C processors so AMD
might as well too. Flagship processors usually do not overclock very well, and
that was true in our case. The AthlonXP 3200+ with a stock speed of 2.2 GHz was
only able to hit 2.42 GHz on air cooling.
Unlike some previous launches, the AthlonXP 3200+ is readily available which
shows that AMD no longer has any manufacturing problems. What they need though
is for the AMD fans out there to "put up" and buy the higher end processors
instead of "getting the $50 processor and overclocking".
If you're looking for the best AMD processor to date, the AthlonXP 3200+ is
extremely fast and will easily satisfy all of your most demanding
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