We’ve rounded up three of the fastest processors
by Art Liddle
CADALYST Labs recently
received three workstations built around the three fastest CPUs on the market
today: the 1.1GHz Athlon, 1GHz Athlon, and 933MHz Pentium III. Not surprisingly,
the CADALYST benchmark test results for the three were the fastest we’ve ever
seen. For the record, Intel has announced 1– and 1.13GHz Pentium IIIs, but
they’re harder to find than affordable housing in Silicon Valley.
no going back—Xi's 1100K MTower SP break the gigahertz barrier.
The Xi 1100K MTower
SP is powered by a 1.1GHz Athlon processor, the fastest processor shipping
today. Throw in the Athlon’s new on-chip L2 cache (256KB running at full
processor speed) and the speedy S3 FireGL 1 graphics card, and you should
have one very fast system. Our CADALYST benchmark confirms it. The
1100K’s C99 3D Total Index score of 32.86 is the top mark recorded at
CADALYST Labs, 12% faster than the best score from our last workstation
Xi outfitted the
1100K with an IBM 20.4GB Ultra ATA100 hard drive (7,200rpm), 50X CD-ROM
drive, NetGear PCI 10/100 Ethernet card, and Microsoft Intellimouse Pro.
Its Giga Byte motherboard provides six expansion slots—one AGP 4X, four
PCI, and one shared PCI/ISA. The 1100K arrived with 256MB of system memory
(SDRAM, PC100) and supports a maximum of 1.5GB. The tool-free midtower
case includes five external and two internal drive bays.
Sound good so far?
We’ve saved the best news for last. The Xi 1100K MTower SP is priced at
only $2,945. That includes a one-year on-site service and three-year labor
and parts warranty. It doesn’t get better than this.
In addition to the
Athlon-based system, Xi also submitted an Intel-based workstation. See Xi
1866/1334 DP for details.
first appeared in the October 2000 CADALYST Magazine
is CADALYST’s senior technical editor and a registered architect.
He can be reached at Art
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