By Robin Duff
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has released a 900 MHz version of its Duron processor to try to expand its lead in the budget chip market.
Advanced Micro Devices has released a 900 MHz version of its Duron processor to try to expand its lead in the budget chip market. The Duron, a less expensive version of AMD’s Athlon processor, got off to a slow start when it was released last year but can now be found in consumer and office PCs from a number of manufacturers.
Compaq is offering the new 900 MHz chip in its Presario 5000 desktops. With the chip, AMD effectively extends its performance lead over Intel in the bargain market. Intel’s fastest Celeron processor runs at 800 MHz, although an 850MHz version has just been released.
Another difference: the Duron comes with a 200MHz bus, or data channel, compared with the 100MHz bus that comes with the Celeron.
A faster bus typically leads to better performance. Reviewers and benchmark testers have generally given the Duron high marks for performance in the budget category. A mobile version of the Duron, code named Morgan, will appear in the US in June.