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


Price

3200+

$ 464

3000+

$ 325

2800+

$ 225

2700+

$ 180

2600+

$ 151

2500+

$ 124

2400+

$ 103

2200+

$ 81

2100+

$ 79

2000+

$ 66

Also
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
bus.

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