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Which is better, AMD Athlon or Sempron, and stats of each?

Re: Athlon or Sempron

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The PR numbering of Semprons also are different (generally more
optimistic) from that of Athlon XPs because they are meant to
compete with Celerons.

E.g., the actual clock frequency of a Sempron 2400+ is 1.667GHz,
same as that of an Athlon XP 2000+. In a few CPU-intensive tests
that I ran some time ago, it was a dead heat between a Sempron
2400+ and an Athlon XP 2000+, though the results may be
different for other applications.

Re: Athlon or Sempron

On Sun, 24 Apr 2005 08:19:41 -0400, Jim Marlin

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Per MHz they're the same.
Per cache, they're the same except Bartons are better,
doubled L2.
Per $, Athlon is usually a better buy.
If you're overclocking and don't care about the larger L2
cache of the Barton, you might still care about the unlocked
multiplier of the Mobile Barton.

The mobile barton also uses lower voltage (thus less power
and heat, "often" more overclockable) but it needs a
motherboard that can manually adjust the muliplier even to
run at it's stock speed most often.  If your motherboard
supports this then a Mobile Barton may be the best choice
even if you don't overclock it.

Bartons have a larger core surface area too, are easier to

As for stats, there is only one of very great importance.
The Athlon is statistically most likely to be

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AMD have now ceased production of the Athlon, the Athlon 64 and Sempron are
the current chips.

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Re: Athlon or Sempron

Athlon  (Barton core) would be first on my list because of the larger L2
cache: 512 kb compared to the Sempron's 256 kb cache.

Despite the point that AMD has ceased production of the Athlon they are
still readily available for the time being. Try if you need a
good source.

Jan Alter
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