Now it's AMD's turn...
Processor: AthlonXP 2000+
The AthlonXP 2000+ is king of the hill on the AMD front. With a true speed of
1.67 GHz, it can take on Intel's best and still come out on top. Built on the
0.18 micron core, the AthlonXP is near the end in terms of MHz with this core.
When AMD switches to the 0.13 micron manufacturing process, they should be able
to ramp up the actual speed of the chip quite a bit more. The AthlonXP has
Quantispeed Architecture which includes Intel's own SSE technology, 3D Now! and a
host of other advancements. The AthlonXP 2000+ like the Pentium 4 2.2 GHz can
take on any application out there and not even break a sweat! Since these chips
are using 0.18 micron tech, they don't overclock as well, usually maxing out at
around 1.8-1.9 GHz.
The AthlonXP 2000+ is relatively cheap as it only
goes for $445 CDN.
Notables: AthlonXP 1900+ $340 CDN, AthlonXP 1800+
Motherboard: Abit KR7A133-RAID
It looks like Abit has swept the motherboards this
round and it's not surprising either. Based on VIA's KT266A chipset it's a given
that the board will perform well and the KR7A133-RAID doesn't disappoint. Having
four DIMM slots and six PCI's offer users lots of room for expansion. We have
chosen to use the RAID version of this board because the Highpoint HPT372 offers
RAID's 0,1 and 0+1 or can be used as a standalone IDE
controller. To top it off the KR7A133-RAID has Abit's award winning Softmenu III
allowing overclockers/enthusiast to fully take advantage of their
Abit has historically been just a tad more
expensive then most and their KR7A133-RAID is no exception at $260
Notables: Epox 8KHA+ - $195 CDN, Asus A7V266-E -
probably the hardest decision to make. Since the enthusiast market has embraced
AMD as their darling, there have been many good heatsinks for AMD processors.
Easily one of the best heatsinks out there is the Swiftech MCX462. Able to cool down any
processor with no problem, this heatsink even rivals some water setups! With 371
threaded aluminum rods plugged into a a thick copper base, the Swiftech MCX462
is simply a work of art and the quality is unmatched by most. The stock 80mm
Delta is not as annoying as it's 60mm brother while loud since it does push 60+
CFM thankfully there isn't that high pitched sound.
The Swiftech MCX462 isn't cheap,
it's probably one of the most expensive heatsinks you can buy for any socketed
processor at $110 CDN.
Notables: Alpha PAL8045 + 80mm Delta Fan - $85
CDN, Thermalright SK-6 + 60mm Delta Fan - $55
Memory: 1 GB Corsair XMS PC2400 DDR RAM
has been producing quality RAM since 1994 and their XMS2400 DDR is simply the
best RAM we've ever tested. Guaranteed to run at 150 MHz with a CL rating of 2
many times, the XMS2400 would perform well above that. Our two test samples both did
170 MHz FSB with the most aggressive memory timings without a single problem.
knows that this RAM is premium memory and you'll find
that the XMS2400 is often times the most expensive there is. At $ 720 CDN for
1 GB of DDR it's quite expensive by anyone's standards.
Notables: 1 GB OCZ PC3000 DDR - $600 CDN, 1 GB
Crucial PC2100 DDR - $640 CDN
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