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AMD Athlon "Thunderbird"


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Thunderbird features a 128 kb L1 cache and a 256 kb on-die L2 cache. With a 0.18 micron manufacturing process and a 120 mm^2 die size, it has a 37 million transistor core, 100 MHz DDR (200 MHz effective) EV6 system bus, and a Socket-A interface.


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Ace's Hardware  --- Jun 05 '00
CPU Review  --- Jun 04 '00
EuroGamer 9/10 Sep 16 '00
FullOn3D  --- Jun 05 '00
Tom's Hardware  --- Jun 05 '00
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AMD Athlon "Thunderbird" Roundups and Shootouts

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AMD Athlon "Thunderbird" Review 3D Rage -- Feb 14 '01
AMD Athlon "Thunderbird" Review Athlonmb -- Sep 02 '00
AMD Athlon "Thunderbird" Review Tech Report -- Mar 05 '01

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"AMD's new Thunderbird core integrates a 256 KB full-speed L2 cache onto the microprocessor core. By moving the cache from the PCB onto the core itself it is possible to run the cache at the same..."

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"Since the cache is now sixteen way associative and has up to three times the bandwidth of the previous design it should significantly outperform the older 512k off-die L2 with the new 256k on-die..."

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"The bottom line from AMD’s perspective on the subject is that it’s a future-proofed move toward higher clock processes. It will help them in the long run. In the meantime, all other CPUs (based on..."

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"The Thunderbird performs nicely in business applications compared to its predecessor. The "performance-enhancing cache memory" does not prove beneficial in raw FPU benchmarks like MolDyn 1.0 and..."

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"'Athlon was good, but the new Athlon is even better' is the best thing to summarize AMD's new Thunderbird processor. The new integrated L2-cache is able to boost Athlon's performance to a level..."

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  • Product Type: CPUs
  • Manufacturer: AMD
  • Released
    North AmericaJune 2000
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