Will Athlon XP 333 support MHz FSB or not?
An unclear and surprising message appeared in AMDMB news: its author claims that, according to the information he got from his sources in AMD (undisclosed), the company is now seriously deciding whether to release new Athlon XP with 333 MHz FSB!
It obvious that coming release of new 2400+ and 2600+ processors won´t become a very outstanding event on the background of 0.13-micron process technology, moreover, there´s Intel, planning to release 3 GHz Pentium 4 before the year-end...
Clearly, just another clock rate increase won´t help AMD much. The author of that message claims that now AMD researches the second revision of Thoroughbred core. The new, unannounced core version (having all chances to stay in the lab forever) showed surprisingly good results. As rumoured, it has been already tested with 2.0 GHz (2400+) and 2.13 GHz (2600+) clock rates.
And now the essence. At some conditions, such as successful "Thoroughbred rev 2" test results and radical marketing plans change, we might see Athlon XP supporting 333 MHz FSB! The insider source reported the final decision is to be drawn withitn three weeks.
Barton hasn´t sounded any news yet. Though, it has been said that "Thoroughbred rev 2" might turn out to be that Barton core.
I remind you this is an unapproved rumour, so be sceptic enough about it.
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