The big news of the day seems to be the new AMD processors hitting the streets. What am I talking about? Well the AMD Athlon XP processors of course. We have a few sites reviewing them, so I'll list them below. Go and see what the fuss is all about concerning this new breed of processor (and yes... it's the Palomino).
"As you may have noticed the launch also include new naming, and more specifically a new naming strategy. The model name is no longer a match of the actual clock rate of the CPU. The Athlon XP 1800 is actually a 1.53 GHz Palomino, and the Athlon XP 1500 is a 1.33 GHz Palomino. The new naming is intended to steer people away from concentrating too much on the actual MHz and GHz figures - and focus more on actual performance."
"The performance of the Athlon XP processor can't be denied when looking at the benchmarks. It is consistently a good 10-15% higher in most tests thanks to both the inclusion of the Palomino core and the increased frequency. It all goes back to our IPC X Frequency = Performance discussion! :) If you want the most powerful system available on the market, getting an Athlon XP 1800+ and a great DDR motherboard with some PC2100 memory, you will surely have it! All of the current processor models, 1800+, 1700+, 1600+ and 1500+, are currently available all over the retail market, including Monarch Computer."
"Despite its Microsoft-oriented name, the chip still does very, very well under Linux."
"Today AMD unleashes its new Athlon XP processor on an unsuspecting world. AMD's Athlon processor gets a new name, a revamped design, a new look, and a controversial new marketing scheme. The Athlon XP is AMD's attempt to win back the PC processor performance crown from Intel, whose 2GHz Pentium 4 just edged out the 1.4GHz Athlon in our last round of tests. This new Athlon XP chip runs at only 1.53GHz, but it's likely to take Intel's 2GHz wonder to the woodshed. Read on to find out why..."