Andrew Brown van The Tech Report komt met een aantal benchmarks van Dual en Single Athlon/Duron processoren. Op de testbank had men een Tyan Tiger MP plankje met Micron PC2100 ECC DDR en een GeForce3 64MB klaarliggen. Voor de benchmarks is onder andere gebruik gemaakt van Winstone 2001, BapCo, Quake III Arena en ScienceMark MP. In de SiSoft Sandra Memory Bandwith benchmark is te zien dat de Athlon MP 1,2GHz het er beter afbrengt dan de Athlon MP 1900+ configuratie. Bij de andere benchmarks is het wel steeds de MP 1900+ die als winnaar kan worden aangewezen. Hieronder een hap uit de conclusie:
The Athlon MP 1900+ delivers more or less what you'd expect, which is more of a good thing. With only 66MHz separating it from the 1800+, it's not a huge increase in speed, but it's definitely faster, and if your application requires a lot of speed, you might as well shoot for the moon.
On a more general note, you should now have a pretty good idea where things sit when it comes to SMP systems. The benefits of adding a second processor are somewhat tricky, and aren't always where you'd expect to find them. As an example, these results will likely make many question the value of an SMP Duron system compared to an Athlon MP or even a single-processor Athlon solution. If the rumors of 760MPX boards with overclocking capabilities prove true, it will be interesting to see if a higher bus speed can help the Duron compete with its big brothers.
Getting even more general for a moment, you may wonder why this review was restricted to AMD processors. We explored several avenues to getting some Intel products to put up against our AMD test system, but none of them panned out. Intel, while usually very responsive to our requests, was more or less mum on the issue of sending us Xeon hardware for review. We looked at purchasing hardware for the tests, but the Pentium III-based SMP systems, like the Pentium III itself, are getting long in the tooth, and the Pentium 4 Xeons are prohibitively expensive.