AMD Athlon XP 3000+, FSB 333MHz and A7N8X Page 2

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  • SiSoft Sandra 2002 Patch: 2002 update
  • SysMark 2002 Patch: Fresh install only
  • PCMark 2002 Patch: None
  • 3DMark 2001 Patch: Second Edition
  • CodeCreatures
  • Comanche 4


  • Falcon 4.0 Patch: SP2
  • Flanker 2.5 (new release) Patch: Fresh install only
  • Combat Flight Simulator 2 Patch: Fresh install only
  • Ghost Recon Patch: US Patch
  • Comanche 4 Patch: None
  • IL2 Patch: 1.03a
  • FS2002 Patch: Fresh install only

Synthetic Benchmarks

SiSoft 2002:


SysMark 2002:

Content Creation
Office Overall
SysMark 2002 329 213 265


PCMark 2002:

3DMark 2001:

1024 x 768 x 32
1280 x 1024 x 32
1600 x 1200 x 32



1024 x 768 x 32
1280 x 1024 x 32
1600 x 1200 x 32


Game Benchmarks:

1024 x 768 x 32
1280 x 1024 x 32
1600 x 1200 x 32
Falcon 4.0
Flanker 2.5 36 N/A N/A
CFS 2 60 43 31
Ghost Recon 118 102 70
Comanche 4 54.07 53.37 51.30
IL2 57 N/A 50
FS2002 27 25 23


The Pricing Consideration

We mentioned that pricing would be discussed, and viola! We have it right here and you can see that AMD is very proud of the 3000+ Barton core.

1KU pricing for Athlon XP models:

Model Number and Pricing



We were glad to see AMD move forward with such strength! The new 512K cache “Barton” performed flawlessly and with power. Since AMD is using performance ratings, the increase in cache translates to an increase in performance which, in turn, means a new performance rating all the while keeping the MHz down which means increased yields and higher margins.

It is nice to see that AMD is not only staying in the game with Intel but also bringing the fight to them. 640K of L1 and L2 combined cache is the most cache ever released in a desktop processor! This Barton core makes this AMD Athlon XP the fastest performer we have ever seen. Strangely, our 3DMark 2001SE numbers seemed sluggish when compared to our previous 2700+ processor but this is likely related to driver issues with our new nForce2 board.

AMD continues to be the best bang/buck for processors but Intel still has their secret “Hyper-threading” advantage. Without question, AMD has the most powerful 2+GHz CPU ever created even when comparing Intel’s 2.8GHz CPU directly.

The compatibility, consistency with sockets sizes and numerous motherboard chip choices, will keep AMD as a very popular choice with consumers. Computer enthusiasts are especially enamored with AMD. AMD’s success lies in getting more OEM business. It starts at the enthusiast level and builds from there. AMD is winning over more people each day and Mr. Barton will only make their successes more numerous.

Heatsinks for Barton Core Athlon XP 3000+

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