They managed to overclock the XP 2400+ (wich normally runs at 2GHz) to 2.5GHz :
Considering that we only have one CPU to test, it is hard to reach any conclusions really. To say that this CPU is going to represent what we will see in retail boxes would be far from responsible. Then again, I have yet to ever think that AMD has sent me "cherry picked" CPUs for testing. In reality, we usually see the end users end up with better CPUs at retail than we get sampled in the beginning. Interestingly enough though, this CPU had an asterisk drawn on it with a felt tip pen, which of course I don't know the meaning of.
All of this is very exciting and it has to give the enthusiasts out there a bit more confidence in what AMD is doing. The downside is that the 2400+s are far and few between if you go looking for one to purchase now. In fact I could not find one 2400+ anywhere in stock in the United States. The upside is that they will be here sooner or later and will one day drop in to that magic sub-$200 price range and most likely be a hell of a buy.