"We are going to answer the question, can you get good game performance with a Athlon XP type processor when used with the current most powerful AGP video card which is Sapphire Radeon x1950 Pro? We will be using various Athlon XP processors including the most powerful which is AMD Athlon XP 3200, the mid-range AMD Athlon XP 2500 and the budget AMD Sempron 2200. AMD Sempron 2200 is a budget processor designed for general use and not really for games but we will show that when paired with a powerful video card even the Sempron 2200 can deliver playable gaming performance. We have used the Asrock K7S8XE+ which uses the SIS748 chipset because it's a stable motherboard and it works perfectly with Sapphire Radeon x1950 Pro AGP."
AMD ATHLON XP
"AMD Athlon XP processor model 10 features a seventh-generation microarchitecture with an integrated, exclusive L2 cache, which supports the growing processor and system bandwidth requirements of emerging software, graphics, I/O, and memory technologies. The high-speed execution core of AMD Athlon XP processor model 10 includes multiple x86 instruction decoders, a dual-ported 128-Kbyte split level-one (L1) cache, an exclusive 512-Kbyte L2 cache, three independent integer pipelines, three address calculation pipelines, and a superscalar, fully pipelined, out-of-order, three-way floating-point engine. The floating-point engine is capable of delivering outstanding performance on numerically complex applications."
AMD SEMPRON 2200
"Delivered in an OPGA package, AMD Sempron processor model 10 delivers the integer, floating-point, and 3D multimedia performance for highly demanding applications running on x86 system platforms. AMD Sempron processor model 10 delivers compelling performance for cutting-edge software applications that include high-speed Internet capability, digital content creation, digital photo editing, digital video, image compression, video encoding for streaming over the Internet, soft DVD, commercial 3D modeling, workstation-class computer-aided design (CAD), commercial desktop publishing, and speech recognition. AMD Sempron processor model 10 also offers the scalability and reliability that IT managers and business users require for enterprise computing."
SAPPHIRE RADEON X1950 PRO
"Targeting the adrenaline addicted minds of the avid gamers with jaw-dropping performance, Sapphire delivers enthusiast-class features to the mainstream with the ATI Radeon X1950 Pro. Sapphire ATI Radeon X1950 Pro promises to awaken the senses and free the imagination from the shackles of PC hardware limitations while remaining affordable. Sapphire family of products are synonymous with extreme performance and reliability. Sapphire X1950 Pro makes for a welcome addition to the family with its robust hardware offerings such as: the industry acclaimed X1950 GPU, 512MB of GDDR3 of onboard memory, DirectX and OpenGL acceleration along with enhanced support for the Windows Vista 3D environment. Experience the price vs. performance champion with Sapphire X1950 Pro!
"The SiS748 features an AGP 8X bridge, and a DDR400 Memory controller, supporting AMD Athlon XP processor FSB up to 400MHz. The SiS748, via the second-generation 1 GB/s Multi-threaded I/O link, interconnects the SiS963L Media I/O that integrates one EHCI compliant USB 2.0 host controller, 2 OHCI compliant USB 1.1 host controllers, the ATA 133 dual IDE controller, AC'97 v2.2 compliant audio controller and the Ethernet MAC controller."