The new AMD Athlon XP 2800+ was launched just not long ago and it's currently the fastest desktop processor that AMD has to offer. At the same time, AMD has partnered with NVIDIA during the launch to bring us the new nForce2 Socket-A platform. Together offering top performance solution for processor and chipset, the Athlon XP and nForce2 combination proves to be a rather promising start for AMD to get back to the top.
The new Athlon XP 2800+ processor is nothing extremely new. It's just based on the same Thoroughbred-B core that we've tested before. However, AMD has fine tuned the core to make it run at higher clock speeds and at the same time, cooler than before. Based on their latest 0.13µm manufacturing process technology, the Athlon XP's processor die size is also significantly reduced. This is good news for AMD as they can now place more dies into a single wafer and if they can keep their yield up, they would just be able to satisfy market demands.
The AMD Athlon XP 2800+ processor.
Since the announcement of the Athlon XP 2800+ some time ago, AMD has not been very forthcoming with the delivery of the product. Critics have called the Athlon XP 2800+ announcement as only a "paper" launch since AMD has problems delivering the product into the marketplace. Indeed, we also had problem getting ourselves this rare processor for testing purposes. Let's hope all this would change soon.