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AMD Sempron X2 2100 Processor

Getting back to Low-End.

November 21, 2008

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Non-professional/home tests


Sempron X2 2100 takes up the usual second place -- this is slightly disappointing after those tests, where it shared the first place with top competitors or even outperformed them. However, it's still a very good result.


Much worse. Well, this happens.


Very good: Sempron X2 2100 is outperformed by Celeron E1400 only by a measly value. Especially considering that lots of people play even the most resource-intensive games on Low-End systems. That's sort of national sports. Note that unlike single-core processors, Low-End dual-core CPUs manage to provide some minimal acceptable level of gaming performance -- just look at fps values in the table with detailed results.

Non-professional photo processing

Let's put it like this: the dual-core Sempron demonstrates a mediocre performance level. Even on the diagram it's in the middle of contenders.

Total non-professional score

Unfortunately, in this group of tests, which better fits its profile, Sempron X2 2100 is outperformed by its main competitor to a greater degree: 16% (versus 10% in professional tests). On the other hand, it shares the second place with Celeron E1200. And it does not often happen with AMD processors of late.


Out of doubts, Sempron X2 2100 is a great success for AMD. In this case K8 benefits from its ability to do with a small cache. In our opinion, it's the very reason why the dual-core Sempron with 256KB L2 per core can compete with a dual-core Celeron equipped with a 512KB shared L2 cache -- 512KB cache is apparently too small for the new Intel core, it cannot speed up to all its glory here. If we also consider clock rates, a dual-core Sempron and a dual-core Celeron offer similar performance per GHz: 29.5 for Celeron and 28.9 for Sempron. From this point of view, AMD was right to start the model range of Low-End dual-core processors from the low clock rate of 1.8 GHz, as it will be relatively easy to add at least three processors, judging by frequencies of single-core Semprons. Here is our conclusion: in terms of dual-core performance, AMD competes practically on a par with Intel in the Low-End segment now. It's a pity this happens only in this segment.

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