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      AMD Athlon XP 2600+ Review

     Date: December 11th, 2002
     Type: Review
     Supplier: AMD
     Author: mayhem
     RRP: $685 AUS (inc GST)

    Test System
    AMD were nice enough to supply an almost complete testing solution, which made it much easier to push the XP 2600+ (although this system is probably what they recommend as an ideal performance system, it still gives performance readings for system specifications that most people aim for today).

    The test system we used was the AMD supplied setup which comprised of the following high quality components:

    AMD Athlon XP 2600+ with supplied Taisol HSF
    Epox EP-8KEA+ KT333 Mainboard
    2 x 256MB TwinMOS PC2700 Memory (Winbond Modules)

    We used the ATi Radeon 9700 Pro 128MB as our benchmark graphics card for this review as the price keeps dropping for this card and with the upcoming release of the NV30 we wanted to see the true potential of a gaming system of today's standard.

    The system was installed with Windows XP Professional which included Service Pack 1, the latest VIA 4 in 1 drivers (1.44v) and the latest ATi Catalyst drivers (2.4) for compatibility and stability.

    The usual array of performance and gaming benchmarks were used and you can see the results with and without overclocking the system here:

    3DMark 2001SE

    As you can see by the above results, the system is capable out of the box of achieving close to 14,000 3D Marks. The potential of the CPU is greatly shown by the increase in performance given by a small overclock.

    PCMark 2002 - CPU Test

    PCMark 2002 Pro CPU Test gives a bit of an indication of the "number crunching" power of a CPU.

    SiSoft Sandra 2003

    The above results show a good comparison between the AMD Athlon XP 2600+ and its closest Intel Pentium 4 rivals. From the CPU Arithmetic Benchmarks that the ALU (Arithmetic Logic Unit) of the AMD chip is far more powerful than even the 2.66 GHz Northwood Pentium 4, even the FPU (Floating Point Unit) of the AMD chips is above spec of its Intel equivalents. Overall we can see that the XP 2600+ is a very close comparable processor to the Intel Pentium 2.66 GHz CPU, which shows just why AMD had chosen their "P-Rating" system (eg. 2600 ~= 2660 etc).

    NEXT: More Testing and Conclusion


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