De Athlon 750 is vandaag ge´ntroduceerd en meteen heeft Anand zijn review klaar staan. De Athlon 750 blijkt op vrijwel alle vlakken sneller te zijn dan de Coppermine 733, hoewel het verschil vrij klein is. Om hogere kloksnelheden mogelijk te maken heeft AMD de L2 cache divider verlaagd naar 2/5, waardoor de performance van de proc matig scaled t.o.v. de Athlon 700:
Looking towards the future, AMD can't keep the L2 cache off of the Athlon's core for much longer. Their roadmap calls for a move to an on-die L2 cache in the first half of 2000, but, currently, we do not know at what clock speed. While at Comdex, we were given a look at an air-cooled 800 and a 900MHz Athlon, so the potential to hit higher clock speeds using the 0.18-micron K75 core is there. Both of those CPUs will be released during the first half of 2000; hopefully, at least one will come with an on-die L2 cache which would help to rid AMD of their dependency on L2 cache manufacturers.
The Athlon motherboard issue does not seem to be improving and it will not improve in the remaining month of 1999, but, in 2000, things will change. From what we've seen, there is quite a bit of support building up for the Athlon in the motherboard industry, and the spark that we're waiting for is the release of VIA's KX133 chipset to ignite the fury of Athlon motherboards. The chipset itself is completed, and, right now, VIA is working with motherboard manufacturers to make sure that their implementations of the chipset are solid and are worthy of release. When the KX133 hits, it will be very good for Athlon supporters.
0,25 vs 0,18micron: