The Giga Specs
I don't want to bore you with the actual specs of both Giganauts for another time, but a few things need to be mentioned.
Giga Blaster No.1 is AMD's Giga-Athlon . This processor is based on the Athlon core from last August, but this time it's produced in 0.18 micron aluminum technology. Still Giga-Athlon requires external second level cache, which is also found inside the 'SlotA'-cartridge. Athlon's biggest problem is exactly this external L2-cache, because it only runs at a third of the processor's internal clock frequency and it's connected to the core with a 64-bit wide data path. Athlon 800 is running its L2-cache at 0.4 times the core clock, but AMD was seemingly unable to find L2-cache modules that would do the required 400 MHz for Giga-Athlon. Thus the Athlon at 1 GHz does not scale up against its brother with 800 MHz as the core clock would make it appear. This problem won't be solved until AMD will release its 'Thunderbird'-core (0.18 micron copper tech), which will have the 2nd level cache on-die, running at core clock frequency and connected to the core with a 256-bit wide data path. Giga-Athlon's core voltage was upped to 1.8 V and it requires a Giga-heatsink and Giga-power supply. Still my sample ran Giga-stable in any of my Giga-platforms.