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First Tests of AMDs Athlon XP 3000 Advanced Micro Devices has released its newest Athlon XP processor and a handful of vendors have already snapped up the new CPU that enables AMD to win its game of cache up with Intel The Athlon XP 3000 previously code-named Barton doubles the Level 2 cache of previous models PC Worlds first tests show the results Barton-based Athlon XP 3000 systems flew through productivity work topping the fastest Pentium 4 systems tested The AMD-based PCs also continue to triumph in the pricing contest selling for hundreds of dollars less than comparably configured P4 systems By comparison the zippiest 306-GHz P4 system weve seen a 2860 Sys unit with 512MB of 1066-GHz RDRAM scored 132 when tested running PC WorldBench 4 only For this broader round of tests our comparison systems--three fully loaded 306-GHz P4 systems with 1GB of memory--averaged a PC WorldBench score of 121 with a high score of 127 and a low of 117 Also for comparison PC World tested the AMD-based Poly and Falcon systems using the original non-Barton Athlon XP 2800 chip and PC WorldBench results dropped by two to four points The 3000 systems average AutoCAD time of 226 seconds trounced the P4 PCs average time of 273 seconds The AMD-based PCs also outperformed the Intel-based systems in the Photoshop Premier 6 Nero and Unreal Tournament 2003 tests the P4s prevailed in the MusicMatch and Return to Castle Wolfenstein tests This is a great accomplishment for AMD because theyve created a new CPU which has beat Intels Pentium 4 processor Intel is known to have the fastest CPUs on the market and its hard to top them but AMD has done it with the Athlon XP 3000 Whats even better about the Athlon XP 3000 is that its cheaper by hundreds of dollars compared to CPUs of Intel Thats a big factor when it comes to consumers because consumers would rather purchase a
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