[CentOS] sempron 2500+ running at 1044 cpu speed.

Thu May 4 14:37:34 UTC 2006
William L. Maltby <BillsCentOS at triad.rr.com>

On Thu, 2006-05-04 at 09:23 -0500, Chris Peikert wrote:
> I use AMD chips all the time. To my understanding of how AMD chips work AMD
> calls it a 2500 because its suppose to be equal to an INTEL chip that runs
> as 2500 even though the actual clock shows it slower. They started doing
> that with the XP chips which Sempron replaced. 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: centos-bounces at centos.org [mailto:centos-bounces at centos.org] On Behalf
> Of Jerry Geis
> Sent: Thursday, May 04, 2006 9:14 AM
> <snip>

Good Grief! And I thought I was always the last to know! Chris is right.
But the change occurred around 1997 (8?) or so? About 10 yrs ago? It was
because the average consumer only knows MHz as the performance indicator
and is not aware of pipelines, on-board cache, instruction sets,
multiple decode, predictive ...

So AMD needed a way that could immediately clue the clueless that this
was "approximately equal to Intel at xxx MHz". It worked ... sorta. They
took a lot of heat about it from the old-guard tech types. But they
managed to avoid bankruptcy and are still bringing superior products to

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