AMD started competing with Intel's lower-end CPUs back when the Intel Celeron made its market debut with their Duron line of processors. The Duron was AMD's alternate choice to Intel's Celeron line and offered performance along the same lines and budget. Years later AMD is still competing with Intel in this market only the name has now changed to the Sempron line and the CPUs make the move to the Socket 754 platform that is now AMD's lower-end alternative. The Sempron was available for the Socket 7 platform, but that platform is all but a dead issue these days as new platforms have made the Socket 7 obsolete. The Sempron started out on the Socket A platform coming in at a core speed of 1.5GHz and had the nomenclature of the 2200+. It finally maxed out at 2.0GHz with the 3000+ with 512KB of L2 Cache before making the transition to the Socket 754 ZIF interface and the introduction of the 3100+ running at 1.8GHz and featuring 256KB of L2 Cache.
Low budget systems are great for people who use their PC as a tool for writing letters, checking email and running general software applications and maybe, just maybe the occasional game. Let us face it not everyone is a hardcore user like myself, but even I find use for low priced systems used as workstations in my office occasionally so this is a viable market for many people obviously. For office workstations, the AMD Sempron is a perfect choice as it can handle any Widows application and functions well enough not to be the bog in your system. Most systems nowadays run Windows XP as their operating system and the Sempron can handle that task without effort and was designed to run optimally with that OS. AMD's CPU core design has now shrunk down to 90nm as it advances past the 120nm standard, offering cooler running CPUs that require less power to function properly than previous released chips. AMD has made great strides in the last few years as anyone who follows PC trends knows and this has opened up a completely new market and fan base for the folks in Texas. The days of Intel's domination are slowly diminishing in both the desktop, and server market as AMD gains ground and the playing field starts to level out a bit. Dual-Core for AMD is right around the corner and as this review posts I should have the new test kit to start putting through the wringer. In any case, let us move forward and see what is under the hood of the Sempron 3300+ from AMD, read on and get all the details.