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Upgrading and Repairing PCs by Scott Mueller

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AMD K7 Processors

AMD Athlon

The Athlon is AMD’s successor to the K6 series. The Athlon was designed as a new chip from the ground up and does not interface via the Socket 7 or Super7 sockets like its previous chips. In the initial Athlon versions, AMD used a cartridge design, called Slot A, almost exactly like that of the Intel Pentium II and III (see Figure 3.42). This was due to the fact that the original Athlons used 512KB of external L2 cache, which was mounted on the processor cartridge board. The external cache ran at one-half core, two-fifths core, or one-third core, depending on which speed processor you had.

Figure 3.42 AMD Athlon processor for Slot A (cartridge form factor).

In June 2000, AMD introduced a revised version of the ...

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