From: Paul Jakma (paulj at domain alphyra.ie)
Date: Wed 20 Jun 2001 - 11:41:53 IST
On Wed, 20 Jun 2001, HAMILTON,DAVID (HP-Ireland,ex2) wrote:
> Other minor detail is that no AMD processor currently available in this
> country can be used in a SMP configuration.
it's not the cpu, it's the chipset. Athlon would work fine if someone
built a chipset that supported SMP (see below). Indeed, K6 would
"support" SMP too.
> AMD have just released a special version of the Athlon called the MP which
> will be able to do this,
Not the Athlon, a new chipset: AMD760MP.
> but the last time I checked there was only one supported
> motherboard, and you do have to buy the special version CPUs.
you have to buy special Athlons?
eek... I thought AMD built their business on not screwing people in
the wallet dept. like Intel traditionally do. There's no good
technical reason why standard Athlons shouldn't work on an SMP board -
unless AMD went out of their way to hobble 'normal' athlons.
> Not all CPUs shipped will be the MP variety. If you want to go SMP
> with AMD, be prepared to be a beta tester with an empty wallet, or
> be prepared to wait a while.
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