AMD preparing Duron replacement?

By on August 20, 2003, 3:39 AM
No 64-bit variant this time, according to this report from The Register, a new core named "Appalbred" could make it to the market to replace current Durons.

[COLOR=royalblue]Appalbred will initially ship in three forms: 1400, 1600 and 1800, priced at $32, $39 and $47, respectively.

AMD's official price list contains just two desktop Durons, at 1.2GHz and 1.3GHz, priced at $39 and $44, respectively. If the Appalbred information is correct, it would indeed appear to be a Duron replacement - or at least a new core for the old brand.[/COLOR]

I'm not too sure if this makes much sense given the rest of AMD plans, what could be interesting would be AMD entering the low-power league to combat current and upcoming processors from Intel and Transmeta.




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wild9 said:
These are fast - very fast! It's a pity they weren't sold in greater volumes.Applebred's are basically Athlon XP processors, minus some L2 cache (64K vs 256K). You still get that large 128k L1 cache and SIMD instructions. The cache and FPU are very efficient.These chips also run on a lower voltage than the Athlon XP (1.5v Vcore), so they overclock pretty well.Some folks also did some tricks with the CPU bridges in order to get back the disabled cache or unlock the post week 39 chips :)Benchmarks confirmed their speed: they routinely outperformed Celerons running in the order of 800MHz faster, and also ran a few rings around Pentium 4 rigs.I put several systems together with the 1800 chip, and it was able to run everything thrown at it; games like Far Cry and Half-Life 2 ran great. For low-cost systems this chip is a stunning performer, so much so that it even gives mid-range rigs a knocking.IMO the Applebred Duron's once again, redefined what budget actually stood for, because no longer did one have to sacrifice performance or features in favour of price.[Edited by wild9 on 2006-06-29 07:52:42]
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