Micron revs PC to the max
- By Patrick Marshall
- Apr 25, 2001
Micron Electronics Inc.'s Micron PC has given us our first look at a production
system using Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Inc.'s new 1.3 GHz Athlon processor.
The results were, to say the least, impressive. We ran the Millennia Max
XP through Business Applications Performance Co.'s suite of real-world benchmarks,
and the system turned in our fastest-ever score of 216. That compares with
a score of 176 for the previous record-holder, a Micron system built around
the 800 MHz Intel Corp. Pentium III processor ["Micron PC blurs desktop boundary," Federal Computer Week, March 27, 2000].
The Millennia Max also performed on a virtual par with reference systems
we tested in a recent comparative look at the Pentium 4 and AMD 1.2 GHz
processors. This despite the fact that those reference units had with
256M of system memory twice the memory of the Millennia Max XP production
unit we tested.
But there's a lot more that we liked about the Millennia Max XP than
just the fast processor. For starters, the fast processor has to be accompanied
by fast system memory. The Millennia Max series comes loaded with 200 MHz
DDR (double data rate) SDRAM.
We were also impressed with the Millennia Max's easy expandability.
The side is easy to remove, with snaps in the back instead of screws to
lose. Inside, you'll find five PCI slots and an Accelerated Graphics Port.
The two DIMM sockets can handle up to 1G of DDR synchronous dynamic RAM.
And in addition to parallel and serial ports, you'll find four Universal
Serial Bus ports two of them conveniently located on the front of the
Bear in mind, however, that the Millennia line doesn't offer the built-in
network interface nor the network management and energy-efficiency features
of Micron's ClientPro line. Micron said it plans to bring both the Athlon
processor and the faster DDR SDRAM memory to the ClientPro line by the end
of the second quarter.
In the meantime, if you don't need the enterprise-oriented features
of the ClientPro line, you'll find the AMD-powered Millennia Max XP a high
performer at a low price.
The system we tested with 128M of DDR SDRAM, a 40G ATA-100 hard drive,
a DVD player and a CD-Rewritable drive, a 19-inch monitor and software (Microsoft
Corp. Windows 2000 Professional, Office 2000 and Symantec Corp. Norton Antivirus
2000) carries a price of $2,241 on the General Service Administration