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AMD AthlonXP 2000+ System Review

AMD AthlonXP 2000+ System Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Already holding the speed crown, AMD decided to "one up" Intel once more with the release of the AthlonXP 2000+ CPU.
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Filed under: CPU / Processors Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: AMD Jan 07 2002   Colin Sun  
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AthlonXP 2000+ Vs. P4

Test Environment:

It's now time to get into the details and start looking at benchmarks! Both processors will be tested on PC2400 DDR based systems for the best possible "apples-to-apples" comparison. As such, the P4 will be slightly handicapped as we all know it performs its' absolute best with the i850 chipset and RDRAM. However, RDRAM is not exactly popular with consumers, and so DDRAM is quickly gaining market supremacy. Conversely, we will not be testing the XP200+ against a SDRAM based P4 system because that really wouldn't be much of comparison would it?

Processor Core General Specs

AMD Athlon XP 2000+

Running at 1.67GHz with 37.5 million transistors, the XP has a 128mm square core based on the 0.18 micron process from AMD's Fab 30 in Dresden Germany. The XP 2000+ uses 128KB L1 and 256KB L2 Cache. The chip requires 1.75V to operate and produces upto 70W of thermal power (it typically sits at 62.5W) which is a substantial amount of heat. Max Icc processor current draw is 40A, and typically 35.7A, underlining the need for a good high wattage power supply.

Unit Retail Cost is approx.: $540 CDN

Intel Pentium4 2.0GHz

Running at 2.0GHz, the P4 has a 217mm square core based on the 0.18 micron process from the Costa Rica Fab. The P4 2GHz uses 8KB L1 cache, 256KB L2 Advanced Transfer cache, a 128-Bit Floating Point Port and SIMD 128-bit Integer. The chip produces up to 75.3W of thermal power which is a bit more than the XP 2000+, but has a built-in thermal monitoring and an advanced thermal throttling system.

Unit Retail Cost is approx.: $830 CDN

Test System Specs:

Computer Hardware:

Intel 2.0GHz System Athlon XP 2000+ System
Processor: Intel Pentium4 2.0GHz AMD Athlon XP 2000+
Clock Speed: 2000 MHz 1670 MHz
Motherboard: MSI 845 Ultra-ARU Asus A7V266-E
Chipset: Intel i845D VIA KT266A
Videocard:

Asus V8200T5/64MB (GF3Ti500)

Network Card:

Allied Telesyn AT-2700TX 10/100

Memory:

Corsair (x2) 256MB PC2400 DDR, CAS2

Hard Drive: Samsung SV6004H 5400RPM UDMA100 60GB IBM Deskstar 7200RPM UDMA100 40GB (WinXP)
Samsung 7200RPM 40GB UDMA 100 (Win2K)
CDROM: Samsung SM-308 CDRW-DVD 16X Pioneer DVD-ROM
Floppy:

Mitsumi 1.44MB

Heatsink: Arkua 8568 Foxconn Generic
PowerSupply: Enermax 431Watt Antec 400W
Detonator Driver: 21.83 21.83

Overall System Benchmarks:

BAPCO Sysmark 2001 Source:MadOnion / BAPco

SYSmark2001 uses real world applications concurrently as an accurate way to test the system by following patterns that reflect the way real users work. SYSmark2001's workloads accurately represent today's updated business usage model. The benchmark runs at a realistic execution speed, with think times between application interactions, in order to emulate a desktop user's interaction with the operating system and applications. Higher numbers denote better performance.

BapCo SysMark 2001 Benchmark Results
Processor / Test Sysmarks Ranking
Internet Content Creation
1. Athlon XP2000+ 194
2. Pentium4 2.0GHz 210
Office Productivity
1. Athlon XP2000+190
2. Pentium4 2.0GHz 142

The Pentium 4 chip kicks the but off the Athlon XP2000+ in the first round of benchmarks with Internet Content Creation by a lead of 16 points. The tables turn however when we look at Office productivity, where the Athlon XP 2000+ positively kills the P4 with a lead of almost 50 points.

SuperPI Source: SuperPI

SuperPI calculates the number PI to 1 Million digits in this raw number crunching benchmark. The benchmark is fairly diverse and allows the user to change the number of digits of PI that can be calculated from 16 Thousand to 32 Million. The benchmark, which uses 19 iterations in the test, is set 1 Million digits.

Lower numbers denote faster calculation times (seconds), and hence, better performance.

Super PI (1 Million digits) Benchmark Results
Processor seconds Ranking
1. Athlon XP2000+ 75 sec
2. Pentium4 2.0GHz 95 sec

SuperPI is a new benchmark for us, and more fun than anything else. While it takes only 95 seconds on the Pentium 4 for SuperPi to calculate Pi to 1,000,000 digits, it takes just 75 seconds on the Athlon XP 2000+. AMD chips have always been known for their number crunching qualities, something which has made them the darlings of gamers around the world.

Sisoft Sandra 001 Source: SiSoft

SiSoft Sandra has been around for some time, and in this series of tests for CPU, Memory and Multimedia the Athlon XP 2000+ just kills the Pentium 4. It's almost painful to watch a $800CDN chip being out performed by one that is almost half the price.

SiSoft Sandra 001 Benchmark Results
Processor Score

CPU Bench

1. Athlon XP2000+ (Dhrystone) 4635 MIPS
2. Pentium4 2.0GHz (Dhrystone) 3903 MIPS
1. Athlon XP2000+ (Whetstone) 2321 MFLOPS
2. Pentium4 2.0GHz (Whetstone) 1055/2475 MFLOPS

Multimedia Bench

1. Athlon XP2000+ (Integer) 9101 it/s
2. Pentium4 2.0GHz (Integer) 7983 it/s
1. Athlon XP2000+ (Floating Point) 10673 it/s
2. Pentium4 2.0GHz (Floating Point) 9792 it/s

Memory Bench

1. Athlon XP2000+ (Integer) 2014 MB/s
2. Pentium4 2.0GHz (Integer) 1053 MB/s
1. Athlon XP2000+ (Float) 1903 MB/s
2. Pentium4 2.0GHz (Float) 1052 MB/s

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Contents of Article: AMD AthlonXP 2000+
 Pg 1.  AMD AthlonXP 2000+ System Review
 Pg 2.  The XP2000+ System
 Pg 3.  The Chipset and other components
 Pg 4.  — AthlonXP 2000+ Vs. P4
 Pg 5.  Game performance Benchmarks
 Pg 6.  RTCW, Serious Sam, Conclusion

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