There's good reason why people love
the AthlonXP. It offers excellent performance at a very aggressive price point. While
you cannot buy an AMD flagship processor for $200 CDN anymore, I think it's safe
to say that $130
CDN ($100 US) is definitely a
very good deal!
The AthlonXP 2500+ come in last in
all the tests because we are comparing this chip (which is intended for the mainstream
market) against the flagship processors from both AMD and Intel.
The point worth nothing here is that the AthlonXP
2500+ is the right speed, and right price for consumers or companies that cannot
justify buying the significantly more expensive top end processors. For example, we bought this chip specifically for some new PCs in the PCStats Labs because it
is easily powerful enough to work with the most demanding office-oriented applications
we need to run. Like may consumers, while we would have gone head
over heals to use the AthlonXP 3200+ in every machine, there really is no
justifiable reason to spend the extra amount that would require.
has a real clock speed of 1.83 GHz and runs on a 333 MHz
FSB while only using 1.65V. The particular chip we tested for this review was
based AQXEA stepping, and was built sometime in week 34 of 2003. It was not
the best overclocker, maxing out at just 2.21 GHz.
We were extremely happy to see that AMD has dramatically improved the HSF's that
are bundled with their retail processors. It seems as if they really listen to
the end user complaints. Ask anyone who bought a retail boxed Athlon processor
in the past and you'll no doubt hear about how they'd need to buy another HSF to
replace the stock retail one.
If you're planning to buy that one last AthlonXP processor, or are upgrading an
old Socket A system but don't want to spend a lot of money, make sure you take
a close look at the AthlonXP 2500+. You'll no doubt like it's excellent
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