ok, this is what people say at fah forums regarding assembly codes on athlon cpus. they are saying sse assembly codes start w/ the palomino cpu's (1500+ and higher), and 3dnow starts w/ the athlon cpu's (not sure about the k6III cpu's- i read that there are some unused forerunner optimizations on the k6-III cpu's). then there are 3dnow! and 3dnow!+ optimizations, so i can be confusing. anyway, 3dnow! must help speed things up somewhat.
just exactly where sse optimizations appear on athlon cpu's is still not 100% known, but so far it can be assumed to be w/ the athlon xp cpu's for now.
btw, how much cache is on the 800mhz athlon? just wondering if it happens to be an athlon classic w/ 512kb cache?
btw, thanks for taking the time out to check the fahlog