Press Release: AMD Athlon(tm) XP Processor Powers Pc Magazine Editors' Choice Award Winner For Desktop


Posted By Kathy Smith

Date: November 14, 2001

Compaq 'Built For You' Presario 8000Z Wins Best Performance Desktop Computer, Features World's Highest Overall Performing PC Processor.

SUNNYVALE, CA-November 14, 2001-
PC Magazine has awarded an AMD Athlon(tm) XP processor-based system, the Compaq Presario 8000Z, the best PC desktop system in the high-end consumer PC category in its December 11th issue. The Compaq Presario 8000Z, a high-end desktop system, features the AMD Athlon XP processor 1800+ and DDR (Double Data Rate) memory.

For the second year in a row, an AMD Athlon processor-based system has won this influential award. PC Magazine announced award winners in this year's December "Perfect PC" issue, which outlines the best computer systems and components.

"Overall, the Compaq Presario 8000Z is a great system for both multimedia enthusiasts and businesspeople. And the price is perfect for both, making it a clear Editors' Choice," said Richard Fisco, PC Magazine. "PC Magazine rigorously tested a wide-range of systems using real-world applications in such categories as digital media, office productivity and 3D gaming. The Compaq Presario 8000Z, featuring the AMD Athlon XP processor, outperformed competitive systems with higher clock speeds, and provided better value for the PC consumer. We congratulate Compaq for winning this year's Editors' Choice, and recognize AMD for being a part of the award-winning system for two years in a row."

"We are honored that one of the industry's most widely-recognized computer magazines has chosen an AMD Athlon XP processor-based system for this award," said Ed Ellett, vice president of marketing for AMD's Computation Products Group. "The AMD Athlon XP processor 1800+ delivers extreme performance for Windows® XP in applications such as digital media, office productivity and 3D gaming. This award acknowledges the importance of overall application performance, and not just the clock speed of the processor."

"The fact that our higher-performing AMD Athlon XP processor outperformed a higher frequency processor further validates that a 'Megahertz Myth' exists," said Pat Moorhead, AMD's vice president of customer advocacy. "With AMD's True Performance Initiative, AMD plans to define a new, more accurate measurement of PC processor performance for standard applications."

AMD Athlon(tm) Processor Awards Around the World

The AMD Athlon(tm) family of processors and systems based on these processors have received more than 100 awards worldwide. Please see http://www.amd.com/products/cpg/athlon/awards/athlon.html for a complete listing of AMD Athlon processor and AMD Athlon processor-based system awards.

About the AMD Athlon(tm) XP Processor

The AMD Athlon(tm) XP processor features QuantiSpeed(tm) architecture, 384KB of on-chip, full-speed cache, and support for AMD's 3DNow!(tm) Professional instructions for enhanced multimedia capabilities. The AMD Athlon XP processor is compatible with AMD's Socket A infrastructure, and supports the advanced 266MHz front-side bus. AMD Athlon XP processors are manufactured using AMD's 0.18-micron copper process technology in Fab 30 in Dresden, Germany.

About AMD

AMD is a global supplier of integrated circuits for the personal and networked computer and communications markets with manufacturing facilities in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Asia. AMD, a Fortune 500 and Standard & Poor's 500 company, produces microprocessors, Flash memory devices, and support circuitry for communications and networking applications. Founded in 1969 and based in Sunnyvale, California, AMD had revenues of $4.6 billion in 2000. (NYSE: AMD).

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Todd R. Burch
AMD Public Relations
(408) 749-4581
E-mail: todd.burch@amd.com