Sempron chip underperforms its predecessor

By Derek Sooman on
The new budget Sempron chip from AMD is slower than the 32-bit Athlon XP it replaces, according to tests from PC World. In the tests, a machine with the new chip underperformed one with a comparable Athlon XP. With the Athlon XP, the machine landed a WorldBench 5 score of 82, about 5 percent faster than the 78 score it achieved with the Sempron. AutoCAD and games tests performed also yielded similar results. However, the Sempron based system did beat a similarly configured PC with Intel's Celeron D value CPU.

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