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          AMD Athlon 64 3400+

Product :

CPU

Manufacturer :

AMD

Reviewed by :

Charlie "kup" Brealey

Price :

£271.34 + VAT

Date :

January 12th 2004.

 

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Introduction:::...

Minnows, underdogs, little fish in a big pond, dreamers, followers, oh sure, AMD have heard it all, yet somehow this inconsequential little company from the back of beyond has taken the processor industry and shaken it to its core. With less capital and less resources than their main rivals, Advanced Micro Devices have followed their vision and stuck to their guns in bringing the world the first Windows compatible 64 bit processor with a fully functional 32 bit capability to boot!

Alongside the much lauded 3200+ and the 3000+ that AMD silently snuck in the back door, this is how the current Athlon 64 lineup pans out:

CPU

Operating Frequency

Cache Size

3400+

2.2GHz

1024k

3200+

2.0GHz

1024k

3000+

2.0GHz

512k

 

The Athlon 64 brought with it several new technologies including the ability to handle SSE2 alongside the already implemented SSE and 3DNow! Professional.

With twice the processor registers available the Athlon 64 can also now address massively more memory than was previously the case. The integrated onboard memory controller also enables up to 3.2 GB/s of memory bandwidth and supports PC3200, PC2700, PC2100 or PC1600 DDR.

It may represent only a 10% increase in clock speed but what does that translate to in real terms? Let's take a quick look:

 


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