The installation of the AMD Thunderbird went without a hitch. One good thing about these FIC SD11 boards is the amount of room between the SLOT A and DIMM area, there is so much more room compared to a Intel 440bx reference board. I'd roughly say there is a good 5cm more difference in room on this FIC SD11 Northbridge compared to a MSI BxMaster motherboard. This is great for those who wish to strap a decent Alpha or Globalwin to their new AMD Tbird. Below is a birds eye view of the FIC SD11, to help explain what I mean...
Once the AMD Tbird was installed (with back face plate off and GFD installed) firmly into the SLOT A position I booted up and was told I have a AMD "Unknown" 700. This is because FIC haven't bothered creating a new BIOS to "name support" the AMD Tbird. I was a little worried when Windows booted with a Blue Screen a quick tweak to the voltage fixed that. Since Windows was booting fine I thought what the hey and decided to overclock this beast already. Using our Free Speed Pro 2 we pushed the voltage up to 1.75 from 1.65 and clock it up to 1Ghz to see how it would go. No go... So I tried pushing the voltage right up to 1.85v @ 1GHz but still no luck. I managed to get this AMD Tbird running pretty stable @ 950MHz using 1.75v. Not bad for active air cooling, I was although hoping for 1GHz or more... But we'll work more on this "problem".
Athlon -vs- Thunderbird
The AMD Athlon and Thunderbird chips are pretty much identical, except for one major difference... The AMD Thunderbird carries 256kb (not including L1 Cache) L2 Cache which runs at full speed (same speed as MHz clock) and is Ondie meaning it is embedded directly onto the core. Whereas the original Athlon has 512kb L2 Cache running at 1/2 CPU MHz clock. The original Athlon core is manufactured on a .25 and .18 (there are more .18 micron Athlons than .25 micron Athlons) micron and the Thunderbird core is manufactured on a .18 micron which means that the Thunderbird draws less power then the original Athlon and also produces less heat. If the Thunderbird were to have L2 Cache external from the core the Thunderbird could have been manufactured on a amazingly small .13 micron which draws even less power and heat. This is indeed the way of the future, I was once told, "Bigger is better" but in this case, "Smaller is better". The main bottleneck of the Athlon CPU is the off die L2 Cache which can NOT be accessed as quickly as the ondie L2 Cache of the AMD Thunderbird. These are the main differences of the Thunderbird compared to the Athlon CPU, apart from that the PCB and casing are exactly the same in both CPU's. The main things to remember is all Thunderbirds are manufactured on a .18 micron process and the L2 Cache is on die meaning it runs @ full speed clock.
PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.
United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.
United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
Recommended for You
- We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.
Latest News Posts
- Street Fighter V players upgraded to the Arcade Edition
- Star Wars Battlefront 2 patch 1.1 brings stability all round
- Civilization VI: Rise and Fall new details fully explained
- Dynasty Warriors 9 reveals a massive open world with trailer
- Dragon Ball FighterZ will have another 24 hours of open beta
- X99-Gaming-5P 6850K 128G Ram - Help Overclock
- Which one is Best laptop in my Budget
- ASRock Z97E-ITX/ac LGA 1150 major problems starting screen flickers > Freezes up win 10
- Phison E8 512GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD Preview
- Bios Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming test 8700K
- Toshiba Memory America Unveils UFS Devices Utilizing 64-Layer, 3D Flash Memory
- ASUS Announces GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Series Gaming Graphics Cards
- ASUS Announces ASUS Hangouts Meet Hardware Kit
- Colorful Announces iGame GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Vulcan X Top
- Gainward Announces its GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Series