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By kent.hall ·
What are the differences between the Athlon Thunderbird, Declon(sp?), XP, & MP processors??
I would not get a Celeron, for example, when I could get Pentium MMX, and I wonder whether any different Athlon model designations refer to crippled versions. At work, we recently bought an XP, and I wonder whether we should have gone for the MP??

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by dmiles In reply to processor differences

No,this is not to designate the different processors as a downscale model just the opposite each AMD processor is an updated release to continue to proceed in the speed war of processors
MP-is the newest processor release that supports multiple processors on a single board
XP-offers higher clock speed and a new packaging
Considering MP would mean purchasing a new MB

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by Jose Mir In reply to processor differences

The Athlon XP is a desktop procesor. The Athlon MP, on the other hand offers multiprocessing (1 or 2 Ways) and is primarily intended for servers (it can be found in workstations).
About Intel processors, the Celeron is a MMX processor, just like the Pentium III but whith some diferences in architecture (primarily in the cache system) and poor performance.

Jose P. Mir

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by TheChas In reply to processor differences

The "Thunderbird" is the second generation of AMD's Athlon processor line.
The XP processor is the third generation.

The Duron has a similar relationship to the Athlon that the Celeron has to the Pentium II / III.

I would not consider the Celeron or Duron as "crippled" version processors.
They were developed to be price point processors. The main difference is the amount of on chip cache memory.
The average user would not see any performance difference between a same speed Athlon / Duron, or P III / Celeron.
Only with very intense number crunching, will you see a noticable performance difference.

In fact, we are starting to see the processor being less and less a factor in overall system performance. Consider that if you have 2 identical systems with the only difference being processor speed, a 1 GHz cpu will at best be only 25% faster than a 500 MHz cpu.

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by akula In reply to processor differences

The Duron and Celeron have smaller on chip caches and slower bus speeds than their big brothers Athlon and Pentium 3. There is very little difference between an Athlon XP and an MP- the core architecture is the same, but the MP is guaranteed the work in a dual CPU environment. The XP isn't (although it might). Unless you plan to run dualies, the XP is what you want.

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