The Specs of AMD's New Athlon/Thunderbird Processor
I don't want to bore you with stuff you have read and heard a hundred times before, so I'll keep myself short. AMD's new Athlon 1100 is another version of
The new 1.1 GHz Athlon requires the same core voltage as the Athlon/Thunderbird at lower clock speeds, which is 1.75 V. Its thermal power dissipation is 1 W higher than what we know from the Thunderbird at 1 GHz, which in return means that you won't need a significantly altered cooling solution over what is used for the first Giga-Thunderbird.
AMD's new Athlon 1100 has one invaluable advantage over Intel's recent Pentium III 1.13 GHz. Different to Intel's desperate 'beyond-giga' solution the new Athlon does not require anything different than its less powerful brothers. The Athlon 1100 runs on ANY SocketA platform, while Intel guarantees the, by me yet unseen, 'stability' of the 1.13 GHz Pentium III only on ONE specially modified VC820 motherboard. Athlon 1.1 GHz is allowed to get as hot as all its slower siblings, while Intel tries to insure some reliability of it's 1.13 GHz solution by specifying the maximal 'junction temperature' down to 62 degrees centigrade, which in return requires massive cooling solutions.
Finally there is one more reason to favor AMD's new processor - the price. I already mentioned that I found Athlon 1100 at