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    I am upgrading an older PC of mine...more like replacing it but using a few of the parts I can.

    Anyway, I have decided to go with an AMD processor. But I am confused regarding the Athlon and the Thunderbirds. I can't find any information regarding the Thunderbird chip on AMD's site. I assume the Thunderbird is a new chip, but what is the improvement? As far as I can tell just a larger cache.....am I missing something.

    I need advice on what to get, and Athlon or Thunderbird. I have been looking at a 650MHz Athlon for $99, and the motherboard I was going to get will support up to 1GHz (but not Thunderbirds) should I want to upgrade that later. I haven't purchased my motherboard yet, so no problems there.

    Anyway, if someone can help me out either here on by email, I would appreciate it. I'll try not to be too much of a pest....but hardware was never my strong side.

    Thanks in advance......I just can't work on this 200MHz, 64MB RAM, piece of turd anymore.....LOL.
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    From what I understand, Athlon was the first in the "K7" Family. The Thunderbird is the New Athlon and the Duron is a Pentium Celron type processor. The Thunderbird and Duron use a Socket type connector. The orginal Athlon used a Slot design.

    See http://www.amd.com
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    Yeah, like I said, I can't find anything on AMD's site regarding the Thunderbird chip........but I do see mention of 1.1GHz Athlons just being released.....so I assume if I buy a board that supports 1GHz+ Athlons, I should be okay.

    Any ideas on pros or cons regarding the Slot A and Socket A? Is one better than the other, or just time to change the design again? LOL
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    I think you really should look into the Duron. They have a 800mhz chip that is really fast. Best bang for the buck today.

    Try http://www.pricewatch.com to keep an eye on current prices.

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    Originally posted by rclayton
    Yeah, like I said, I can't find anything on AMD's site regarding the Thunderbird chip........but I do see mention of 1.1GHz Athlons just being released.....so I assume if I buy a board that supports 1GHz+ Athlons, I should be okay.

    Any ideas on pros or cons regarding the Slot A and Socket A? Is one better than the other, or just time to change the design again? LOL
    Slot A = Old Athalon processors

    Socket A = New Thunderbird Athalon and the Durons

    Now for the warning - we are very close to seeing motherboards using the new AMD760 chip set. Motherboards with this chipset should offer substantial benefits for AMD's newer CPUs (especially the >1GHz). The best new feature is support for DDR-SDRAM as a replacement for PC133 SDRAM (both of which outperform RDRAM - a technology that Intel's CEO now admits was a bad bet). If you can wait a few weeks, you should be able to get one of these babies; and the new motherboards perfectly compliment AMD's new 1.2GHz Athalon CPU.

    For the best bang-for-the-buck, get a Duron (the slowest of which eat Celerons for lunch) on an ASUS socket A motherboard. Note that the Duron is now available at 800MHz.

    For more on hardware trends, overclocking and benchmarking, see - http://www.tomshardware.com
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    Thanks, that's the info I was looking for!

    I probably get a Duron to start off, and then when I have more cash will get a TB......

    I won't be buying the MB for a few weeks anyway, still waiting for some ebay auctions to close. I was planning on getting a MB that used the AMD chipset...I have been reading about people having problems with the VIA chipset and certain soundcards and video cards.....

    So, thanks again! You helped me out.....

    Ryan Clayton
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    yucca writes:

    Now for the warning - we are very close to seeing motherboards using the new AMD760 chip set. Motherboards with this chipset should offer substantial benefits for AMD's newer CPUs (especially the >1GHz). The best new feature is support for DDR-SDRAM as a replacement for PC133 SDRAM (both of which outperform RDRAM - a technology that Intel's CEO now admits was a bad bet).
    Don't forget the 760 will also support multiple processors.

    Just image, a dual 1Ghz Thunderbird box.

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