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AMD ATHLON XP 2500

"AMD Athlon XP 2500 tested against the Athlon XP 1700 as requested by a reader. Software was:- 3dmark 2001 se, 3dmark 2003, Sis Sandra 2002, Quake 3 and Unreal Tournament 2003."

AMD ATHLON XP 2500

PROCESSOR TYPE TYPE CLOCK SPEED L2 CACHE BUS SPEED PRICE
ATHLON XP1700 THOROUGHBRED B 1.47Ghz 256K 266Mhz $45 (47)
ATHLON XP2500 BARTON 1.83Ghz 512K 333Mhz $86 (63)
PROCESSOR TYPE TYPE CLOCK SPEED L2 CACHE BUS SPEED PRICE

GENERAL SYSTEM INFORMATION

PROCESSOR AMD ATHLON XP 2500
AMD ATHLON XP 1700
VIDEO CARD XFX GEFORCE 5200
NVIDIA DRIVER DETONATOR v44.03
MOTHERBOARD ASROCK K7S8X
MEMORY 512MB CRUCIAL PC3200 DDR
OPERATING SYSTEM WINDOWS XP
DIRECTX VERSION v9.0a

SISOFTWARE SANDRA 2004

PROCESSOR ALU DHRYSTONE

ATHLON XP 17004028
ATHLON XP 25005039

PROCESSOR FPU WHETSTONE

ATHLON XP 17002022
ATHLON XP 25002528

ATHLON XP 1700 ATHLON XP 2500

COMMENT "Using SiSoftware Sandra 2004 CPU test the Athlon XP 2500 outperformed the Athlon XP 1700 by an impressive 21%."

SISOFTWARE SANDRA 2004

MULTI-MEDIA INTEGER

ATHLON XP 17008017
ATHLON XP 250010025

MULTI-MEDIA FLOATING POINT

ATHLON XP 17009267
ATHLON XP 250011591

ATHLON XP 1700 ATHLON XP 2500

COMMENT "Using SiSoftware Sandra 2004 Multi-Media test the Athlon XP 2500 outperformed the Athlon XP 1700 by a good 19%."

SISOFTWARE SANDRA 2004

MAX BANDWIDTH

ATHLON XP 17002128
ATHLON XP 25002672

MEMORY BANDWIDTH INTEGER

ATHLON XP 17001821
ATHLON XP 25002225

MEMORY BANDWIDTH FLOATING POINT

ATHLON XP 17001699
ATHLON XP 25002088

ATHLON XP 1700 ATHLON XP 2500

COMMENT "Using SiSoftware Sandra 2004 CPU test the Athlon XP 2500 outperformed the Athlon XP 1700 by an impressive 19%. However this is still 17% short of what the memory is able to achieve."

3DMARK BENCHMARK

3DMARK 2001 SE

ATHLON XP 17008265
ATHLON XP 250010297

3DMARK 2003

ATHLON XP 17002163
ATHLON XP 25002268

ATHLON XP 1700 ATHLON XP 2500

COMMENT "Using 3dmark 2001 SE the Athlon XP 2500 outperformed the Athlon XP 1700 by an impressive 20% and using 3dmark 2003 which is more of a video card benchmark the Athlon XP 2500 still beat the Athlon XP 1700 by 5%."

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

3DMARK 2001 SE

1024x768 Resolution
32Bit color
D3D Hardware T&L
Antialiasing Disabled
Double Frame Buffer
Compressed Texture Format
24Bit Z-Buffer Depth

3DMARK 2003

1024x768 Resolution
No Pixel Processing
Optimal Texture Filtering
4x Max Anisotropy
Optimal Vertex Shaders
No Repeat Tests
No Fixed Framerate

GAMES SOFTWARE

QUAKE 3

ATHLON XP 1700184
ATHLON XP 2500233

UT 2003 (FLYBY)

ATHLON XP 1700110
ATHLON XP 2500126

UT 2003 (BOTMATCH)

ATHLON XP 170044
ATHLON XP 250058

ATHLON XP 1700 ATHLON XP 2500

COMMENT "Using Quake 3 the Athlon XP 2500 outperformed the Athlon XP 1700 by a very impressive 22%. Using Unreal Tournament 2003 the Athlon XP 2500 outperformed the Athlon XP 1700 by between 13% 25%."

CONCLUSION "The Athlon XP 2500 gave good performance increase over the Athlon XP 1700 with the synthetic benchmarks. The Quake3 result was impressive and the Athlon XP 2500 delivered a huge 49 extra frames per second. However the video card used for this review the GeForce 5200 was unable to deliver a high level of performance with UT2003 but still managed an extra 14fps with the botmatch demo. 3dmark 2001 showed a large increase of 2032 points which is very impressive and 3dmark 2003 increased by 105 points. 3dmark 2003 didn't increase by much is because it tests the video card."


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