On Sun, 29 Aug 2004 10:14:46 +0000, wrote:
>> I am a little bit confused... ok, ok, a lot... is the Sempron a 64-bit
>> processor like the Athlon64?
> Is the Sempron 64-bit .. No
> Does it have advantages over the AXP Range .. Yes (at least I think so) ..
> If you get a 754 Sempron then you get the onboard memory controller so I
> think that's pretty good, SktA stuff is going to probably be just as good
> sticking with AXP's. Wes Hates these Semprons so expect a post from him
It's not that I hate them. It's that they are rippoffs. The socket A
models are just Tbred core Athlon XP's with a new name and higher model
numbers than the XP's at the same perfornance level. Amd's way of upping
prices I guess. As an example, a sempron 2800+ sells for $107 and is the
same CPU as the XP 2400+ that sells for $53. Now you can buy an XP 2800+
that would be rated as a 3200+ under the Sempron name for $74. The XP's
rating system compares it to P4's clock speed. The Sempron Rating system
compares it to Celerons (which it totally kills).
Now the socket 754 Sempron 3100+ would be rated as a 2700+ using the
normal A64 benchnarks and value wise it's not a bad deal since it's
actually priced a little lower than the A64 2800+, But it's isn't a 64 bit
cpu and there's something else it's missing compared to the real A64's but
I don't recall at the moment.
The problem I have is that the general public will be buying these
thinking that the Sempron's are a lot faster than they really are because
of the model numbering. People will assume that the model number will be
as compared to the P4 like Athlons when in fact they are in comparison to
Celerons. I think this is going to reflect badly on AMD once the buyer
discovers this, if they ever do.
Abit KT7-Raid (KT133) Tbred B core CPU @2400MHz (24x100FSB)
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