Athlon XPs in SMP

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Postposted on Tue Jan 22, 2002 2:34 pm

Ok I can't remember if I've read this somewhere or not but eitehr way I need my memory refreshed. Can Athlon XPs be run in SMP? If they can, do they perform just as well as their MP counterparts?
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Postposted on Tue Jan 22, 2002 2:35 pm

For the LAST time:
YES and YES!
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Postposted on Tue Jan 22, 2002 2:37 pm

Why make an MP version then?
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Postposted on Tue Jan 22, 2002 3:59 pm

For us oc'ers to have it easy when we have to change the multiplier :grin:
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Postposted on Wed Jan 23, 2002 8:41 am

Again, for the LAST time:

The MP does have a purpose in life. The chips undergo additional testing to make sure the parts of the core used in SMP work properly. Thus, AMD certifies these chips for SMP usage and charges a premium for them. To you or me, this isn't so significant, but an OEM damn well better use the MP chips when building duallies.
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Postposted on Wed Jan 23, 2002 12:59 pm

So cRock any performance differences between the MP and XP while in SMP? And you can stop having "For the Last time" in all your posts in this thread now :wink:
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Postposted on Wed Jan 23, 2002 4:52 pm

Sigh...

When something is certified, it doesn't mean it is faster in any way.
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Postposted on Thu Jan 24, 2002 9:17 am

same core = same performance
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Postposted on Thu Jan 24, 2002 12:32 pm

Thanks both of you for your quick and seemingly condescending responses.
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Postposted on Fri Jan 25, 2002 12:00 pm

Hey ANApex,

Here is the conclusion of the review of the MSI K7D SMP board at [H}ard OCP:

http://www.hardocp.com/reviews/mainboar ... ndex6.html

If you read through it, you'll confirm what they those guys wrote above, and bit more info, too.
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Postposted on Fri Jan 25, 2002 12:12 pm

One other thing I can say...I used to work for HP back in the day (a couple of years ago). I'd run a battery of tests on RISC processors going into duallies and quads designed for massive enterprise servers. Let's just say that there wasn't a whole helluva lot to those tests. Personally, I would have no problems running dual XP's instead of paying the premium for MP's, which is what I plan to do. That is, if by the time I upgrade again, the Clawhammers are not as kickass as we all expect them to be.
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