AMD Athlon XP 3000+ Barton Processor Review
The Athlon XP 3000+ with Barton Core
This content was originally featured on Amdmb.com and has been converted to PC Perspective's website. Some color changes and flaws may appear.Here is the new Athlon XP 3000+ running the Barton core on the left with the Athlon XP 2700+ based on the Thoroughbred “Rev B” core on the right.
The only difference here is that the core on the Barton is slightly “longer” as a result of the additional transistors needed for the 512 K cache. The new Barton now holds 54.3 million transistors and the die is now 101mm^2 in size. All of the Barton processors are being manufactured at AMD’s Fab 30 facility in Dresden, Germany and, of course, in the 0.13 micron process technology. Here are a few other statistics that you may be interested in seeing:
Nominal Voltage: 1.65v
Max Die Temp: 85 degrees Celsius
Typical Thermal Power: 58.4 W
Max Thermal Power: 74.3 W
Icc Typical (low power state): 7.2 A
Icc Typical (working state): 35.4 A
Icc (processor current) Max: 45.0 A
In addition to the 3000+ processor that we are reviewing here, AMD is also announcing the Athlon XP 2800+ running on a 333 MHz bus at 2.083 GHz frequency and an Athlon XP 2500+ at 333 MHz and 1.833 GHz frequency – both of which are Barton core processors.
Pricing is an interesting subject on these Barton cores. At the time of my writing this article, the resellers on Amdmb.Pricegrabber.com were pre-selling the Athlon XP 3000+ processor for over $630. However, the official AMD 1KU pricing shows the Athlon XP 3000+ is priced at $580 – and we usually see real prices below these. The 2800+ Barton is priced to move at a much nicer $375. These new prices bring the AMD chips to a dangerously high price line that previously only Intel would have dared flirt with. I am very hopeful that the prices of all these chips will come down very soon.