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Front view of AMD Athlon XP 2600+

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AMD Athlon XP 2600+

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CPUBoss is not aware of any important advantages of the Athlon XP 2600+ vs the Athlon X2 4200+.

Front view of AMD Athlon X2 4200+

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AMD Athlon X2 4200+

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Much more l2 cache 1 MB vs 0.5 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much newer manufacturing process 90 nm vs 130 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
More cores 2 vs 1 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More threads 2 vs 1 Twice as many threads
Higher clock speed 2.2 GHz vs 1.92 GHz Around 15% higher clock speed
Has a NX bit Yes vs No Somewhat common; Prevents a common class of security exploits

Features Key features of the Athlon XP 2600+  vs X2 4200+ 

clock speed

Athlon XP 2600+
1.92 GHz
Athlon X2 4200+
2.2 GHz

L2 cache

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Athlon XP 2600+  vs
X2 4200+ 
Clock speed 1.92 GHz 2.2 GHz
Cores Single core Dual core
Socket type
462
AM2
939

features

Has a NX bit No Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE3
SSE
3DNow!

details

Athlon XP 2600+  vs
X2 4200+ 
Threads 1 2
L2 cache 0.5 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 130 nm 90 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

power consumption

Typical power consumption N/A 72.31W
AMD Athlon XP 2600+
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