A Closer Look


The new AMD Athlon XP 3200+ of course
does not really differentiate itself from its predecessors
in physical looks, and looks identical to the 2500+,
2800+, and 3000+ Barton Athlon XP’s that hit the
market earlier this year. The 3200+ is rumored to
be the last high end Socket A processor produced
by AMD, but with quite a few months left before
the Athlon 64 launches, many have hopes that AMD
will be able to squeeze out one more Athlon XP before
the move to 64 bit computing.

A few weeks ago the prices of Athlon XP’s 3000+
and lower dropped down significantly, to make way
for the 3200+, which is available at a very affordable
price of $ 464 (in 1000 unit quantities). This contrasts
sharply to the $ 550+ price tag that was slated for
the 3000+ at its launch.

Model Number



$ 464


$ 325


$ 225


$ 180


$ 151


$ 124


$ 103


$ 81


$ 79


$ 66

interesting to note is the clock speed of the 3200+,
which is 2.2Ghz (11×200), and only about 30Mhz
faster than the 3000+. Of course the real difference
in the two processors is the front side bus used,
with the 3000+ running a 333Mhz FSB while the 3200+
runs a 400Mhz FSB. Usually when AMD introduces a new
processor yielding a new FSB, the high end CPU along
with a handful of slower processors are transitioned
using the new FSB, but this time thing were a little
different and the 3200+ is for now the only AMD
Athlon XP processor that runs at a 400Mhz front side

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