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The AMD "Duron" processor


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  • The Duron

    In the summer 2000 AMD introduced a new and very powerful low-end chip, formerly known as codename "Spitfire".

    The Duron is a Athlon in new design:

  • 64 KB L2 cache on-die
  • 128 KB L1 cache on-die
  • Exclusive L2 cache design
  • Socket A for in-expensive motherboard design
  • Clock frequencies from 600 to 950 MHz

    The Duron is the first CPU to have an internal L2 cache smaller than the L1 cache.

    The exclusive cache design means that you never find the same data in L1 as in L2 cache. This increases the efficiency of the cache.

    A Celeron killer

    The Duron processor is designed for the lower end of the market. Here we find the Intel Celeron processor an AMD's own K6-2, which is on its way out of production.

    Compared to the Celeron, Duron has a more powerful layout:

  • Bigger cache
  • Choice of PC100 or PC133 RAM
  • A better processor architecture

    The Morgan Kernel

    Late in 2001 new 1200 MHz versions of the Duron processor was introduced. This processor holds a new kernel of same generation as the Palomino kernel in AthlonXP.

    Here you find SSE support and other news similar to those in the AthlonXP.

    The first tests of the new 1200 MHz Duron showed a very convincing performance almost compareable to a Pentium 4 working at 1500 MHz!


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    Read about chip sets on the motherboard in module 2d

    Read more about RAM in module 2e

    Read module 5a about expansion cards, where we evaluate the I/O buses from the port side.

    Read module 5b about AGP and module 5c about Firewire.

    Read module 7a about monitors, and 7b on graphics card.

    Read module 7c about sound cards, and 7d on digital sound and music.

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