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AMD Athlon64 3200+ 32/64-bit Processor Review

AMD Athlon64 3200+ 32/64-bit Processor Review  - PCSTATS
Abstract: Tired of being an "Intel clone," AMD's goal became to set market trends, instead of just following the lead of chipzilla.
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External Mfg. Website: AMD Sep 23 2003   Colin Sun  
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Nvidia Nforce3 Pro150, SIS 755

The Nforce3 150 is Nvidia's socket 754 version of their K8 chipset. Like previous Nforce chipsets, it features a Single chip design, where the functions of the Northbridge and Southbridge are integrated into a single chip which is connected to the Processor via a Hypertransport link.

All I/O subsystems connect directly to this chip and the data is marshaled internally onto the Hypertransport link for access to the processor and memory. Nvidia isn't as forthcoming about the exact specs of the Hypertransport link in their chipset as some of the other manufacturers, but they do reveal that it provides a maximum bandwidth of 3.6GBps which is more than adequate to deal with the demands of current graphics and I/O technology, as detailed above.

The benefit of the single chip design is mainly the reduced latency that should be achieved by placing all the IO functions on essentially a single path between the chipset and the CPU. As for features, along with the usual array of USB 2.0, basic audio, PCI, 10/100 Ethernet and parallel ATA, the Nforce3 Pro 150 will integrate RAID into the chipset. Motherboard manufacturers can add serial ATA support and gigabit Ethernet.

Nvidia also plans to release a later version of the chipset, the Pro 250 which will contain native S/ATA support as well as Gigabit Ethernet. Most manufacturers using the chipset are going with a 3GB maximum for DDR 400/333/266 memory.

The SIS 755 Chipset

SIS have gone with an approach somewhat similar to VIA's K8T800 for their initial foray into 64-bit chipsets. The 755 uses a split Hypertransport/conventional bus, with Hypertransport links allowing a maximum bandwidth of 3.2GBps between the chipset and the processor, and a 1GBps bi-directional data bus between the 755 chip and the 963L Southbridge chip.

The feature set is conventional, with ATA/133, USB2.0 and 5.1 audio integrated, as well as Ethernet. Motherboard manufacturers have the option of adding serial ATA and Gigabit Ethernet support, which many of them will likely follow through on. The SIS 755 for Athlon 64 supports up to 2GB of DDR 2700/2100 memory initially.

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Contents of Article: AMD Athlon64 3200+
 Pg 1.  AMD Athlon64 3200+ 32/64-bit Processor Review
 Pg 2.  105.9 Million Transistors
 Pg 3.  Understanding SOI
 Pg 4.  The limitations of 32-bit
 Pg 5.  Internal Memory Controller and HyperTransport
 Pg 6.  Chipsets for the Athlon 64 processor
 Pg 7.  VIA K8M800, AMD 8000 chipsets
 Pg 8.  — Nvidia Nforce3 Pro150, SIS 755
 Pg 9.  ALI 1687 chipset
 Pg 10.  New Thermal Solutions for the Athlon64
 Pg 11.  Socket 754/940 Heatsink Frame
 Pg 12.  Overclocking, it's all new now
 Pg 13.  System Spec's and Benchmarks
 Pg 14.  Benchmarks: Super Pi, POVRay
 Pg 15.  Benchmarks: ScienceMark2.0, SiSoft Sandra
 Pg 16.  Benchmarks: PCMark 2002, 3DMark2001SE
 Pg 17.  Benchmarks: AquaMark3, Quake III Arena
 Pg 18.  Benchmarks: UT2003, Conclusions

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