- AMD Socket A 2500+ Comparison (Barton, Mobile, Sempron)
The good ole' highly popular 2500+ Barton's were selling like hotcakes for a very long time, and still do to a degree although not nearly as much due to the widely available and better priced low-end Athlon64 range on offer these days. Nonetheless, AthlonXP is still a much loved platform amongst many due to it's lovely price/performance ratio. The folks at HardCOREWare give the 2500+ some more recognition today, taking a look at the three different flavours it comes in; Desktop Barton, Mobile Barton, and Sempron.
Without a doubt, the AMD Athlon 2500+ processor has been one of the best bang for the buck processors to come along perhaps since the old Celeron 300A. Many of the original Barton based chips can easily be bumped up to 3200+ speeds while running at stock voltage. Unfortunately after finding numerous instances of dealers unscrupulously selling 2500+ chips at 3200+ prices AMD was forced to lock the multiplier on most current Barton 2500+ chips.
No fear though, next came the mobile version of the Barton which, although came stock with a much lower FSB (133mhz), was able to achieve some massive overclocking results thanks to its low power requirements and wide range of available multiplier settings.
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