I just want to say that I own 2 Athlon XP (KT266 & NforceII) based systems 1 Duron, 1 Pentium4 (Intel 7205), and also maintain and built countless other systems, Im a great fan of Amd, Ive come to appreciate the stabilty and performance you get for your buck, and would recommend them anyday.
Hmk so im not just having a bash at AMD.
My tests using both Intel 850E and Intel 7205 Dual DDR Chipsets, showed that the Pentium 4 3.06GHz beat every thing across the board.
The Highest rated cpu from AMD a XP3000+ ( 2.4GHz), No doubt for the clock speed compared to something pushing 3.06GHz its performs very well.
So to my mind Intel are just finally closing the XPXXXX+ leverage gap on AMD cause Amd cant honestly claim that a XP3000+ performs anywhere near the P4 3.06GHz ... well it performs nearish deinatly not beyond and definatly not on a par.
Be it that it took a 3GHz 512KB cpu and two logical processors in effect SMP
, but now mabye Amd will start moving in bigger leaps which can only be good for every one .. you gota admit the cpu market as it stands is a bit of swings and roundabouts.
Arnt we all getting a bit sick and tierd of AMD ratings ?.
From dealing with them first hand I do feel its still way to expensive and definatly not worth the money at this point, how ever does offer very good performance and the multiprocessor side of it will open some usually shut doors..
mabye im just on crack!