[RC5] Question... Dual Athlon PC

Aaron W. Swenson aswenson at frontiernet.net
Tue Sep 18 11:47:08 EDT 2001


No, they both have the same core, look at the road map (simplest exhibit):
http://www.amd.com:7246/us-en/Processors/TechnicalResources/0,,30_182_608,00.html. 
The MP processors have a technology called Smart MP.

All those features you listed are for the Palomino core, which the Athlons 
will (does?) have, and the MPs won't.  However, the MPs will jump to the 
Thoroughbred core first.

As it sits right now, the AMD processors have partial support for SSE, but 
the Thoroughbred may have full SSE2 support (crossing fingers),  and a 
whole bunch of throttling and power saving features for you lap junkies.

Bye yo!
Aaron

At 01:31 PM 9/17/2001 -0500, you wrote:
>This is not quite true.  The MP's are not Thunderbirds.  They are Palaminos.
>They utilize data prefetch, support SSE and powernow and have several other
>improvements, including lower power consumption at a given clock rate.
>Generally, clock for clock, the Palamino significantly outperforms the T-bird.
>
>On Mon, 17 Sep 2001 09:29:56 -0500 you wrote:
>
> >
> > Just so you guys know, there is NO real difference between the 
> Thunderbirds
> > and MPs.  The MPs include a throttling on it that's only useful in laptops
> > to reduce power consumption and increase battery life.  However, AMD will
> > not honor any warranty on a non-MP processor used in a multiprocessor
>platform.
> >
> >
> > Bye yo!
> > Aaron
> >
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