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AMD AthlonXP 3200+ 400MHz FSB Processor Review

AMD AthlonXP 3200+ 400MHz FSB Processor Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: AMD's most successful processor, the K7 (Athlon\AthlonXP) has come a long way in the last four years.
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Filed under: CPU / Processors Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: AMD Jun 16 2003   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > CPU / Processors > AMD AthlonXP 3200+

Overclocking the flagship processor

The AthlonXP 3200+ processor is plenty fast already at stock speeds but we were interested in seeing how high we could push this bad boy. Based on a newer stepping than the older AthlonXP 3000+, we had some high hopes in terms of overclocking and were hoping to hit speeds of 2.5 GHz on air cooling alone.

The processor is automatically unlocked by default in the Epox 8RGA+ reference motherboard we use for testing, so we decided to overclock via multiplier so FSB speeds would not affect benchmarks. Starting at 11x multiplier (2.2 GHz stock speed) I immediately raised the 3200+ to 12x which gave me an overall CPU speed of 2.4 GHz. Stability was not the best while in Windows, however raising the CPU voltage to 1.75V helped stabilize things.

Unfortunately no matter what we did we could not get the AthlonXP 3200+ to run at 2.5 GHz, the highest we were able to run this processor at was 2.42 GHz. A bit disappointing considering the AthlonXP 3000+ test sample did a remarkable 2.47 GHz.

PCStats Test System Specs:

Computer Hardware:


Pentium 4 3.0C*
AthlonXP 3000+
AthlonXP 3200+

Clock Speed:

15 x 200 MHz = 3.0 GHz
13 x 166 MHz = 2.17 GHz
11 x 200 MHz = 2.2 GHz

12 x 202 MHz = 2.42 GHz


MSI 875P Neo-FIS2R
Epox 8RGA+


nForce2 IGP


ATi Radeon 9700 Pro


2x 256MB Corsair XMS3500 CAS2

Hard Drive: 20GB Maxtor DiamondMAX+

Panasonic 1.44MB Floppy Drive

Heatsink: Thermalright SK6 w/36CFM Delta
AVC Sunflower
PowerSupply: Vantec 470W Stealth PSU
Software Setup WindowsXP Build 2600
Intel INF 5.00.1012
Catalyst 3.2
Workstation Benchmarks

Business Winstone 2002
Content Creation 2002
SiSoft Sandra 2003
Quake III Arena

* - HyperThreading was enabled on the Pentium 4 3.0C and running for all the tests in which we compared against the AMD AthlonXP 3200+.

BAPCO Sysmark 2002 Source:MadOnion / BAPco

SysMark2002 is more of an extension of SysMark2001 rather then a whole new benchmark. The applications used during testing have been updated and most importantly for AMD users, the new SysMark2002 uses the Windows Media Encoder 7.1 which supports the AthlonXP's SSE instructions.

BapCo SysMark 2002 Benchmark Results
Internet Content Sysmarks Ranking
1. Pentium 4 3.0C 434
2. AthlonXP 3000+ 325
3. AthlonXP 3200+ 336
4. AthlonXP 3200+ OC'ed (2.42 GHz) 375

Office Productivity

1 Pentium 4 3.0C 225
2. AthlonXP 3000+ 198
3. AthlonXP 3200+ 204
4. AthlonXP 3200+ OC'ed (2.42 GHz) 219

SysMark2002 uses a ton of SSE2 optimized applications in its benchmarking suite and that's why the Pentium 4 does so well in it. Still, without SSE2, the AthlonXP 3200+ does very well for itself!

Winstone 2002 Source: Zdnet

Content Creation Winstone 2002 is a system-level, application-based benchmark that measures a PC's overall performance when running top, Windows-based, 32-bit, content creation applications on Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows Me, or Windows XP.

Business Winstone 2002 is a system-level, application-based benchmark that measures a PC's overall performance when running today's top-selling Windows-based 32-bit applications on Windows 98, Windows 2000 (SP6 or later), Windows Me, or Windows XP. Business Winstone doesn't mimic what these packages do; it runs real applications through a series of scripted activities and uses the time a PC takes to complete those activities to produce its performance scores.

Winstone 2002 Benchmark Results
Content Content Score Ranking
1. Pentium 4 3.0C 48.2
2. AthlonXP 3000+ 47.1
3. AthlonXP 3200+ 49.8
4. AthlonXP 3200+ OC'ed (2.42 GHz) 51.4

Business Winstone

1 Pentium 4 3.0C 34.6
2. AthlonXP 3000+ 33.2
3. AthlonXP 3200+ 34.3
4. AthlonXP 3200+ OC'ed (2.42 GHz) 37.5

Things are much more even in the Winstone 2002 based benchmarks. We see that the Pentium 4 3.0C and AthlonXP 3200+ are head to head in terms of performance here.

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Contents of Article: AMD AthlonXP 3200+
 Pg 1.  AMD AthlonXP 3200+ 400MHz FSB Processor Review
 Pg 2.  — Overclocking the flagship processor
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: Super Pi, POVRay
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2003, PCMark2002
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001SE, 3DMark03
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Quake III Arena, UT2003
 Pg 7.  Keeping up with the Jones'

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