The Chip

The Morgan core is to the Duron, what the Palomino core was to the Athlon.  In fact, you can think of the Morgan core to be the Palomino core with a 64KB L2 instead of a 256KB L2. 


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Out with the old and in with the new - Spitfire core to the left, Morgan to the right

The major enhancements boasted by the Morgan and Palomino cores are described in detail here in our Athlon 4 Technology Review.  Some of the key enhancements are:

  • Data Prefetch
  • SSE Support
  • Improved L1 TLBs
  • On-die Thermal Diode

Once again, you can read up on those enhancements and more here.

The 1GHz Duron is of course based on the Morgan core, while previous Durons were based on the Thunderbird derived Spitfire core.  All of the critical stats are listed in the below table:

CPU Specification Comparison
AMD Duron
AMD Duron
AMD Athlon
Intel Pentium 4
Intel Pentium III
Celeron
Core
Spitfire
Morgan
Thunderbird
Willamette
Coppermine
Coppermine 128
Clock Speed
600 - 900MHz
1GHz+
750 - 1400MHz
1.3GHz - 1.5GHz
500 - 1000MHz
533 - 850MHz
L1 Cache
128KB
8KB Data
32KB
L2 Cache
64KB
 
256KB
256KB
256KB
128KB
L2 Cache speed
Core Clock
L2 Cache bus
64-bit
256-bit
System Bus
100MHz DDR EV6
100/133MHz DDR EV6
100MHz quad-pumped GTL+
100/133MHz GTL+
Interface
Socket-462 (Socket-A)
Socket-423
Slot-1/Socket-370
Socket-370
Manufacturing
Process
0.18-micron
Die Size
100mm^2
106mm^2
120mm^2
217mm^2
106mm^2
106mm^2
Transistor Count
25 million
25.18 million
37 million
42 million
28 million
28 million

The chip needs primarily BIOS support in order to work properly.  As we mentioned earlier, the ECS K7S5A board we used in the review has Morgan support in its latest BIOS.

In terms of overclocking potential, the K7S5A limited our overclocking experimentation without having any adjustable multiplier or voltage support.  At 10 x 133MHz (1.33GHz) the Duron would POST but immediately reboot before even attempting to boot to the OS.  With some better cooling and a higher core voltage than its 1.75V default we’d expect the Duron to be able to hit 1.13 – 1.2GHz without too much effort.

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