AnandTech heeft een review in elkaar getikt van Kryotech's SuperG Athlon systeem op 1GHz. Een erg cool ding, maar de prijs/prestatie verhouding is nu best wel scheef vanwege de release van 800MHz air-cooled Athlons en Coppermines. Blijft wel een leuk speledingetje natuurlijk
The SuperG is obviously the fastest x86 system on the market, and Kryotech has definitely gotten their act together with making sure that enough resellers can get their hands on these systems in order to provide these to the public. Kryotech is still selling the bare bones systems (this includes the CPU, motherboard, case and cooler) from their on-line store for $2495, but you can also get them fully configured with peripherals from their authorized resellers. Next week, we will be taking a look at one such system from one of their resellers, SYS Technology, Inc.
With air-cooled Athlons currently available at 700MHz, and the 750/800MHz Athlons due out for public sale early next month, a 1000MHz Athlon at this point wouldn’t be worth the added price premium to business users or gamers looking for the latest and greatest. In a few months time we can expect to see air-cooled Athlons approach 900MHz+, thus making the SuperG obsolete. So why on Earth would Kryotech even bother producing the SuperG?
Unlike the Cool K6-X series of Kryotech systems, the SuperG is actually ideal for high end workstations that require the fastest performance available today. Especially for those individuals working off of grant money that are given a certain amount to spend at one given time, the SuperG makes the perfect product if you have the money now and you won’t be given an opportunity like this again.
Unfortunately, the low cache speed of the SuperG in comparison to the newly released Pentium III 800 makes the 800 an overall better value for some applications that are very L2 cache dependent, especially applications that contain Pentium III specific SSE optimizations, a rapidly growing population.