Is a AMD 3000 xp+ socket A a 3thz cpu?

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No. Its a mostly a model number, but in general - its equal to a Pentium4 3.0Ghz CPU even thou its actually running at 2.1Ghz (going by memory).

Nowadays, pretty much ALL CPUs are model numbers. Q6600, E6700, X2 240, X2 250, X2 550, X4 965BE... such models numbers mean even less. A understandable reason WHY they do this, is that Mhz clock doesn't describe the actual performance of the CPU (Hence, AMD 2.2Ghz = 3.0Ghz P4). Near the end of the P4 line, Intel switched to model numbers.

Which is faster? A P4-630, P4-530J or a P4 3.0Ghz? Real world... not much... they are all P4s at 3.0Ghz, with slight changes (cheaper as time goes on). yet, a modern $50 intel Dual Core Pentium at 1.8Ghz would run circles around a 4Ghz Pentium 4. Todays "Pentiums" have nothing in coming with old P4 tech.

By todays standards, an AMD 3000+ is very old chip and not much faster than an AMD 2600... which is about 100~200mhz slower.
 
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