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.