Summary: All in all AMD most certainly managed to put an extremely fast CPU at the market. The step towards a 400 MHz bus was a clever one. It will boost memory bandwidth if the mainboard supports it and if you have the memory for it. If you just bought an Athlon 3000+ hey .. just check and see if your CPU is multiplier unlocked. If it is .. lower the multiplier and raise the FSB.
Summary: If you're like me, you're probably wondering several things about the Athlon XP 3200+. The first question in my mind is: Why only 2.2GHz? The bus speed boost is a nice move, but why not crank up the clock just a tad more from the Athlon XP 3000+? Heck, the fastest clock rate we've ever seen on an Athlon XP was in the limited-run T-bred 2800+, which we reviewed at 2.25GHz way back in October of last year.
Summary: We reviewed a new AMD processor, which is none other but AMD’s response to Intel Pentium 4 3.0 with 800MHz bus. Just like Intel, AMD has also increased the bus frequency and Athlon XP 3200+ now works with 400MHz PSB. Now let’s find out if the new bus will be able to help improve the performance of the new AMD processor.
Excerpt: A long, long time ago, there were 266 MHz FSB Athlons and DDR266 memory speeds. Chipsets then arrived to push the boundaries and give us 266 MHz FSB Athlons with asynchronous DDR333 memory support. The advantages there were slight, and we knew that the dramatic changes occurred when the CPU and memory buses remained synchronous. Seeing this, AMD took it upon itself to delve into the 333 MHz FSB Athlons, and it was good.
Conclusion: The Athlon XP 3200+ signifies little more than an evolutionary step in the life of AMD’s Athlon family. However, it also marks an occasion we haven’t seen for a while: AMD is comfortable enough with the performance of its 2.2GHz processor to leapfrog Intel’s 3GHz Pentium 4 and 875P chipset combination. That’s confidence. Yet, Intel seems to be just as sure of itself.
Summary: Наверное, все-таки «удалось». Athlon XP 3200+ — неплохой процессор. Со слегка изначально подпорченной шараханьями AMD и изготовителей чипсетов из стороны в сторону репутацией — это да, это не радует. Но «в сухом остатке» — неплохой.
— вполне адекватный даже 3-гигагерцовому Pentium 4.