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AMD ATHLON XP 2500 MOBILE

"AMD Athlon XP 2500 Mobile review testing the mobile version of the Athlon XP 2500, all of the attention in the processor market has been directed towards the new 64bit Athlon64. We the performance the Athlon XP 2500 Mobile can deliver at stock and overclocked to 2.4 Ghz."

AMD ATHLON XP 2500 MOBILE

Today we are testing the mobile version of the Athlon XP 2500, all recent attention in the cpu market has been directed at the Athlon64 processors. We feel that the 32bit Athlon XP still has a future and with the release of the mobile Athlon XP 2500 we will show you what kind of performance it can deliver. There are no major differences between the mobile and desktop athlon xp processors apart from two very important differences. The first is the default core voltage which for the mobile xp 2500 is 1.45v compared to v1.65 for the desktop xp 2500. The second difference is that all mobile processors are unlocked which means that you can change the multiplier, most new desktop processors are now supplied locked. What all this means for performance is that you can overclock the mobile xp 2500 far higher than the desktop xp 2500.

I started off by increasing the FSB from it's standard speed of 133mhz to 166mhz, I then reduced the multiplier from 14 to 11. The cpu was now running stable at xp 2500 speed of 1.8 GHZ (11x166 MHZ) and at the default voltage of v1.45. I then increased the FSB to 200mhz and also increased the voltage to v1.55, the processor was hitting 2.2ghz easily and never reached 32c even under heavy benchmarking. I was very impressed with the athlon xp 2500 mobile for reaching xp 3200 speeds at a lower voltage so I decided to push the processor even higher. I increased the multiplier to 12 and voltage to v1.70 for a speed of 2.4ghz which is an overclock of 600mhz!!!

GENERAL SYSTEM INFORMATION

PROCESSOR ATHLON XP 2500 MOBILE
VIDEO CARD MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT
NVIDIA DRIVER FORCEWARE v61.11
MOTHERBOARD MSI K7N2 DELTA-L
MEMORY 512MB CRUCIAL PC3200 DDR
OPERATING SYSTEM WINDOWS XP
DIRECTX VERSION v9.0b

SISOFTWARE SANDRA 2004

PROCESSOR ALU DHRYSTONE

2.4 GHZ (12x400 MHZ)9124
1.8 GHZ (11x166 MHZ)7221

PROCESSOR FPU WHETSTONE

2.4 GHZ (12x400 MHZ)3764
1.8 GHZ (11x166 MHZ)2995

MULTI-MEDIA INTEGER

2.4 GHZ (12x400 MHZ)22046
1.8 GHZ (11x166 MHZ)17441

MULTI-MEDIA FLOATING POINT

2.4 GHZ (12x400 MHZ)22251
1.8 GHZ (11x166 MHZ)17666

2.4 GHZ (12x400 MHZ) 1.8 GHZ (11x166 MHZ)

COMMENT "In all of the these SiSoftware Sandra 2004 Benchmarks the 2.4Ghz Athlon XP 2500 Mobile outperformed the 1.8Ghz Athlon XP 2500 by 21%."

SYNTHETIC BENCHMARKS

3DMARK 2001 SE

2.4 GHZ (12x400 MHZ)15488
1.8 GHZ (11x166 MHZ)13165

3DMARK 2003

2.4 GHZ (12x400 MHZ)5221
1.8 GHZ (11x166 MHZ)4226

CPU BENCH 2003

2.4 GHZ (12x400 MHZ)7369
1.8 GHZ (11x166 MHZ)5637

METABENCH

2.4 GHZ (12x400 MHZ)3711
1.8 GHZ (11x166 MHZ)2818

2.4 GHZ (12x400 MHZ) 1.8 GHZ (11x166 MHZ)

COMMENT "The 2.4Ghz Athlon XP 2500 Mobile outperformed the 1.8Ghz Athlon XP 2500 by 15% with 3dmark 2001 SE, 20% with 3dmark 2003, 24% with Cpu Bench 2003 and 25% with Metabench."

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

GAME BENCHMARKS

COMANCHE4

2.4 GHZ (12x400 MHZ)62
1.8 GHZ (11x166 MHZ)51

FARCRY

2.4 GHZ (12x400 MHZ)67
1.8 GHZ (11x166 MHZ)48

QUAKE 3

2.4 GHZ (12x400 MHZ)313
1.8 GHZ (11x166 MHZ)260

UT 2003

2.4 GHZ (12x400 MHZ)152
1.8 GHZ (11x166 MHZ)120

UT 2004

2.4 GHZ (12x400 MHZ)125
1.8 GHZ (11x166 MHZ)96

X2 THE THREAT

2.4 GHZ (12x400 MHZ)97
1.8 GHZ (11x166 MHZ)83

2.4 GHZ (12x400 MHZ) 1.8 GHZ (11x166 MHZ)

COMMENT "The 2.4Ghz Athlon XP 2500 Mobile outperformed the 1.8Ghz Athlon XP 2500 by 8% with Comanche4, 29% with Far Cry, 17% with Quake 3, 22% with Unreal Tournament 2003, 24% with Unreal Tournament 2004 and 15% with X2 the Threat."

CONCLUSION "The 2.4ghz xp 2500 mobile delivers a 15% to 25% increase in performance with synethetic benchmarks. The biggest increase in performance however is with games and the 2.4ghz xp 2500 mobile delivers a stonking 8% to 29% increase in gaming. What a great result for the xp 2500 mobile, not only can it run at xp 3200 speeds easily but even higher as well. Good enough reason to get a xp 2500 mobile then the price should be it's only $13 (20) more expensive than a xp 2500 desktop. Do you want even better news? When you overclock the xp 2500 mobile to xp 3200 speeds you are getting a xp 3200 for $85 (70) which is a saving of $92 (58)!"

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