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AMD Athlon XP 2800+ / 2.08 GHz

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Processor - 1 x AMD Athlon XP 2800+ / 2.08 GHz ( 333 MHz ) - Socket A - L2 512 KB

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      11.02.2004 23:13
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      The Athlon XP 2800+ Socket ?A? processor for desktop computers runs at 2.25GHz on a 333MHz bus. If that doesn?t mean anything to you, then you may as well stop reading now. Ok, that?s all the women gone ;) Now, what?s it like and is it worth it? Well I like to mess with computers and I like to upgrade components from time to time when I get the chance. So in that sense it was well worth it for me. I have just built a computer for a friend and I used a lot of my old components to do it. We both win ? they get a cheap computer and I get to upgrade mine. One of those old components was my Athlon XP 2200+ CPU. The Athlon XP 2200+ runs at 1.8GHz on a 266MHz bus. Even if you don?t know what those figures mean you should be able to work out that one is faster than the other. I have now got the faster one. There are much faster versions available, at the time of writing the fastest Athlon XP is the 3200+, they also make a newer 64 bit CPU but either of those would seriously damage the bank account. My 2800+ cost 60 UKP from a seller on eBay. These newer processors cost hundreds. Is it really worth the upgrade though? I had a 1.8 GHz CPU and now I have a 2.25 GHz CPU. That?s only around 425 MHz quicker; on the other hand it?s nearly 25% faster than the old one. For me, yes it is definitely worth the upgrade. 60 quid for that much increase is well worth it because I am a games player and games need the power. Another real bonus is the fact that this CPU runs cooler than the old one, that can make a real difference in your computers stability. The graphics card and memory that you have inside your computer all affect the performance but you can?t beat the boost that you get from a new, faster CPU. For those of you who just use the computer as a word processor and to check you bank balance then No, it really isn?t worth it even at 60 quid. When you press a key, the corresponding letter appears instantly on your screen and you just can?t get
      faster than instant can you? In that case your money would be better spent on more memory so you can type many more words into many more windows at the same time. In other words, it?s what you do with your computer that dictates whether a CPU update would make a difference to you and your computer. Why go for the 2800+ when there are faster versions available? Well the simple answer is cost. I work for a living and have to justify everything I buy. Computers and computer components are changing constantly and you would need a very fat wallet as well as lots of time to keep bang up-to-date. Being just a few steps behind the cutting edge in this case can pay real dividends though. I could quote all kinds of facts and figures here about what makes this processor better than that processor and even what difference various benchmarking utilities say it actually made to my computer but there would be little point. The full specs about this and any other CPU are easily available elsewhere online and nobody really needs to see these figures. The only thing that really matters is- does it go faster? And the answer is a definite ?YES?. There are various little differences I have noticed like the computer starting that little bit quicker and I now wait slightly less time for a game to load than my friends do. It wont make the internet go any faster and it wont make you bank balance look any bigger. Definitely another winner from AMD.

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      The AMD Athlon XP processor with QuantiSpeed architecture powers the next generation in computing platforms, delivering extra performance for cutting-edge applications and an extraordinary computing experience. The AMD Athlon XP processor is the latest member of the AMD Athlon family of processors designed to meet the computation-intensive requirements of cutting-edge software applications running on high-performance desktop systems. AMD delivers tremendous performance by increasing the amount of work done per clock cycle and improving the operating frequency at the same time. The end result is a processor design that produces a high volume of work done per cycle and high operating frequencies - an optimum combination for compelling application performance.

      The AMD Athlon XP processor offers fast results when working with digital media like audio, video, and image files. It provides for outstanding near real-time voice, video, and CAD/CAM as a result of features like larger cache memory, 3DNow! Professional technology, and the innovative QuantiSpeed architecture, which includes the industry's most powerful fully pipelined x86 floating point engine. The AMD Athlon XP processor brings digital entertainment like games and DVDs to life with rich, smooth graphics and true to life sound. The processor enables a more life-like audio experience with special surround sound enhancing features. The AMD Athlon XP processor takes advantage of connected digital devices and their content by delivering realistic photos, smooth videos, and rich sound. The combination of the Windows XP operating system's features and the exceptional capabilities of the AMD Athlon XP processor provide a phenomenal Internet experience with smoother streaming audio and video.

      The AMD Athlon XP processor offers compelling performance for running Microsoft Windows XP, as well as outstanding performance on previous versions of Windows. The raw power and robust features of the AMD Athlon XP processor enable users to make the most of multitasking and user switching capabilities offered in Windows XP. Microsoft optimized the DirectX 8.0 interface for Windows XP specifically for the AMD Athlon XP processor. The AMD Athlon XP processor's innovative QuantiSpeed architecture helps propel Windows XP application performance to a new level. To unleash the rich features found in Windows XP, AMD and Microsoft worked together to optimize applications like Media Encoder 8.0 for AMD's 3DNow! Professional technology.

      QuantiSpeed architecture, the latest technological enhancement to the award-winning AMD Athlon processor core, provides for extra performance in the cutting-edge features users need most. At the heart of QuantiSpeed architecture is a nine-issue, superscalar, fully-pipelined core. This provides more pathways to feed application instructions into the execution engines of the core, simply allowing the processor to complete more work in a given clock cycle. Additional features of QuantiSpeed architecture include a superscalar, fully pipelined floating point engine, hardware data prefetch, and exclusive, speculative Translation Look-aside Buffers (TLBs). Combined, these features help boost overall productivity and allow a system to boot and load applications quickly. In the end, users will enjoy an effortless computing experience.

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      Product Description: AMD Athlon XP 2800+ / 2.08 GHz processor
      Product Type: Processor
      Processor Type: AMD Athlon XP 2800+
      Processor Model: Model 10
      Compatible Processor Socket: Socket A
      Processor Qty: 1
      Clock Speed: 2.08 GHz
      Bus Speed: 333 MHz
      Features: 3DNow! Professional technology, MMX instructions set
      Compatible Slots: 1 x processor - Socket A
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