AMD bang for buck CPU

AMD's new 32-bit Sempron processors have hit the market. Set to compete in the budget sector against Intel's Celeron processor line, the Sempron provides a larger cache memory capacity: 128KB Level 1; 256KB Level 2 - a boon if you want affordable business and multimedia application performance.

Available speeds will be 1.67GHz (2400+), 1.75GHz (2500+), 1.83GHz (2600+) and 2.0GHz (2800+), plus the 1.8GHz (3100+) - the most powerful version thanks to the inclusion of Hyper-Transport and support for DDR400 memory. Of course, users requiring high performance for video encoding and other CPU-intensive tasks should still look at the Athlon 64 range.

Depending on its speed, the Sempron will be available for use in Socket-462, Socket-754, or Socket-939 equipped motherboards.

The Sempron 2800+ we tested is based on the Thoroughbred CPU core and has a 333MHz front side bus. It is a 462-pin processor and fits into any current nForce2 chipset-based motherboards. We tested it with a Leadtek K7 NCR18G Pro motherboard, a 256MB ATI Radeon 9800Pro graphics card, 512MB of PC333 memory and a 40GB Western Digital ATA100 hard drive.

We had no problems running it on this system. It ran very cool and its speed of 2.0GHz was detected automatically. It produced an excellent score of 235 in SYSMark 2001 and 14717 in 3D Mark 2001. Paired with our high-end graphics card, it also proved to be an admirable base for a low-cost gaming platform.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Elias Plastiras
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?