Anand Lal Shimpi van ehh Anandtech komt ons verblijden met een uitgebreide review over de AMD Duron 700. De CPU blijkt prima te presteren, ongeveer op het niveau van de Athlon 650, en is volgens Anand dan ook geen slechte keuze als je niet te veel geld wilt uitgeven maar toch snelheid wilt hebben:
We came to this conclusion the first time we took a look at the Celeron and AMD is reiterating the statement with their Duron: value doesn't have to mean slow.
At 700MHz the Duron performs, across the board, between an Athlon 600 and Athlon 700. It is safe to say that a Duron 700 performs much like an Athlon 650, and at a lower cost to boot. On the Intel side of things, the Duron 700 is performing between a Pentium III 600 and a Pentium III 700 as well. But remember, neither the Athlon nor the Pentium III are the intended competitors of the Duron, even if they were the Duron wins in terms of price to performance ratio.
The Celeron is where the Duron likes to sink its teeth into; Intel's value processor that helped to kill the K6-2 and K6-III sales is now being held at the mercy of AMD's latest creation. At any default clock speed, the Celeron, even with its SSE instructions can't compare to the Duron. Chances are that the "slowest" Duron running at 600MHz would have its way with Celerons clocked at higher speeds as well. This is mainly because of the fact that the Celeron's performance is limited by its 66MHz FSB and 66MHz memory bus. [break]De CPU die eigenlijk hoort te concurreren met de Duron, de Intel Celeron II, blijkt niet opgewassen te zijn tegen het geweld van AMD: de Celeron II 566 overgeclocked naar een 100 MHz FSB kan net in de buurt van de Duron komen:[/break] A Celeron 566 overclocked to 850MHz (100MHz FSB) begins to restore competition to the value market as it can begin to measure up to the performance of the lower clocked Duron 700. At the beginning of the year Intel told us that they didn't move the Celeron to a 100MHz FSB because there was no reason to, well AMD just gave Intel 5 letters that spell out exactly why the Celeron needs a 100MHz FSB. Don't be surprised if you do see a 100MHz FSB Celeron in the future (not in the near future though), we already know that the Celeron can run on a 100MHz FSB, it's just up to Intel to decide when they should make the move. Even if Intel is to introduce a Celeron that runs off of a 100MHz FSB, clock for clock, as we have already proven, the Duron is the faster part.