Duron 1.3GHz - Mainstream Muscle
Date : 21st January 2002
3DVelocity would like to
thank AMD and
especially Theresa Zimmer for their help and courtesy in providing
this processor for review.
AMD Duron 1.3GHz
It sure is a great time to be a PC user, prices
have never been lower and hardware has never been faster. I'm
also damned glad I was around to see the changes because if
I'd been trapped on a desert island for the past two years and
got back to see some website referring to a 1.3GHz processor
as being "value" or "budget", I'd be convinced
they'd been smoking a banned substance.
Today AMD hit back at Intel with the introduction
of the Duron 1.3GHz. This, as with the 1.0, 1.1 and 1.2 features
the Morgan core which brings with it 3DNow! Professional enabling
full SSE functionality and a host of other key advances like
hardware data pre-fetch.
Physically nothing has changed. The 1.3 still
uses the same 22.5 million transistor aluminium process 106mm2
core straight out of AMDs Fab 25 in Austin, Texas. The
unit supplied to us for test was an "AHLCA" stepping.
The Duron 1.3 also uses 0.18 micron technology and 100MHz (200MHz
internal) front side bus, a feature set we'll be seeing for
a while until the switch to 0.13 micron and 133MHz FSB when
I don't yet have confirmation of prices but it's
expected to appear at a similar price point the 1.2 appeared
at, so around the £100/$100 mark, or less than third of
the initial asking price for the Athlon 1GHz! Oh happy days.
You may remember the race to 1GHz, if you're an old timer like
me you may even remember the crawl to 100MHz but however you
slice it, things are evolving at breakneck pace and it's us,
the users, who are reaping the benefits.