Less than 3 months after the release of the 3GHz Pentium 4 w/ 800MHz System Bus, Intel bins out another 200MHz like a walk in the park. There's no question, things will get interesting when AMD lets loose with the Athlon64. Then again, there's Prescott on the horizon in the second half and you can rest assured that processor will pack some serious pain as well. While Intel is driving toward 4GHz and beefing up on chip resources, AMD is taking another route and a wider path yet unpaved in the Desktop Consumer market. Industry analysts are placing their bets but let's face it, this thing is a crap shoot. Both Intel and AMD have major league technological resources at their disposal. It's a great match-up and we all have a ring side seat.
The new 3.2GHz P4 is roughly 7% faster than its 3GHz predecessor and 15 - 25% faster, in most applications, than an Athlon XP 3200+. The new P4 will be priced at $637 in quantities of 1K upon its launch today. While this is pretty steep for certain, you can't argue with the performance Intel's new flagship brings to the table. Here's hoping street prices will subside shortly after its debut in the channel. For now, Intel can still claim full dominance in terms of raw overall performance but as usual, it doesn't come cheap. Here's to competition and ever shrinking die size. 90 nanometers, here we come.
Link: Hot Hardware
Skrevet den 23. Jun 2003. Nyheden er læst 1080 gang(e).
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