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I still remember the times when Duron 600 and 650MHz processors managed to reach the edge of heaven at 1000MHz and sometimes even outperform considerably more expensive Intel Pentium III 1.0GHz chips. Nowadays, when overclockers push AMD Athlon XP 1700+ and Intel Pentium 4 2.40C to the very limits, AMD Duron is back, our friends from OverClockers.ru web-site proclaimed!

Our colleagues managed to grab an AMD Duron processor at 1.60GHz and test it both at default speed as well as at 2.30GHz against AMD Athlon XP 1900+ (1.60GHz). Even though not all Duron chips are able to function at 2.30GHz, those, who are able, offer very nice performance level at the price of lower than $50.

With unlocked multiplier the Duron processors made using 0.13 micron technology may become a nice choice for users in budget who even plan some overclocking actions. However, the new Duron chips may be quite fast even without overclocking. Take a look at what the guys from OverClockers.ru managed to achieve with AMD Duron at 2.30GHz using system based on ABIT NF7 (revision 2.0), 512MB of PC3500 memory, ATI RADEON 9700 PRO and Thermaltake Volvcano 7 cooler.

Futuremark 3DMark03, 1024x768

AMD Duron 1.60GHz (266MHz FSB)

4723

AMD Duron 2.30GHz (400MHz FSB)

5022

AMD Athlon XP 1.60GHz

4763

Futuremark 3DMark 2001SE, 1024x768

AMD Duron 1.60GHz (266MHz FSB)

12185

AMD Duron 2.30GHz (400MHz FSB)

15746

AMD Athlon XP 1.60GHz

12952

UT2003, flyby-inferno, 1024x768

AMD Duron 1.60GHz (266MHz FSB)

170.5

AMD Duron 2.30GHz (400MHz FSB)

177.8

AMD Athlon XP 1.60GHz

173.2

UT2003, botmatch-anubis, 1024x768

AMD Duron 1.60GHz (266MHz FSB)

58.8

AMD Duron 2.30GHz (400MHz FSB)

82.7

AMD Athlon XP 1.60GHz

67.5

3DMark03, CPU Test

AMD Duron 1.60GHz (266MHz FSB)

414

AMD Duron 2.30GHz (400MHz FSB)

602

AMD Athlon XP 1.60GHz

437

Quake III Arena, demo-four, 1024x768

AMD Duron 1.60GHz (266MHz FSB)

231.4

AMD Duron 2.30GHz (400MHz FSB)

324.2

AMD Athlon XP 1.60GHz

247.4

As you see, even AMD Duron 1.60GHz with 128KB of L1 and 64KB of L2 cache is a nice performer. In case you are lucky and will manage to overclock it at 2.30GHz with 400MHz EV-6 bus, it will show you amazing speed. Remember that its price is less than $50!

PS. Remember that not all new Duron CPUs are nice overclockers!

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Does anyone know if these will run on current Athlon XP/Athlon/Duron motherboards, or will we have to get new mobos to run these suckers? If everyone has to get a new motherboard it hardly seems like a budget thing...
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No - you can use your SoketA_Motherboard.. :-D.
Maybe you need a BIOS_update!
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