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In recent times, AMD's star has been on the rise. This rise in fortunes and public awareness has been fuelled by the excellent Athlon processor. Officially launched in August 1999 to critical acclaim, it finally gave AMD a performance edge over their main rival, Intel. This, coupled with a lower price-point, gave the enthusiast more performance for their pound. The Athlon originally debuted in Slot A format. AMD quickly moved to their present format, Socket A, the switch of formats was accompanied by a reduction in die size to 0.18u and a slight change in name. Athlons were now officially known as Thunderbirds. The Thunderbird differed from its predecessor by offering full-speed L2 cache, albeit reduced from 512kb to 256kb. They were able to out-pace the competing Pentium III's from Intel.

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