The Inquirer is reporting that AMD will soon be retiring the Athlon XP. According to "documents" (presumably internal AMD documents) AMD will stop selling the Athlon XP at the end of the year.

Obviously this will be upsetting to those who enjoy the extremely cheap power that the XP's provide, but they've, uhh, been around a while. Over three years, actually — TR reviewed the Athlon XP 1800+ on October 9, 2001.

This leaves only the Sempron riding in Socket A, and with only 256KB of L2 and a 333MHz bus, the 'pron doesn't exactly fill out the socket the way the XP did. But hey, when an old tool breaks, you go buy a new one. In this case, I recommend a shiny new hammer.

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