I have been studying very hard and
closely on the AMD vs. Intel controversy of who's chip is faster. I would
like to raise the question that you are providing false information to
your web site readers, and you are telling them that the AMD Athlon
provides better performance than the Intel Pentium III Coppermine
processor, which is untrue.
The 1GHz Intel Pentium III Processor edges over the AMD Athlon 1GHz, as
known on PCWorld.com; ZDNet
has even said that as well. I would think you would change this existing
information and provide people with the correct information.
I do not know where these tests come from that you do on the
performance of both systems, but I would suggest you do not take it from
All the scores listed on The
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such, they are not intended to be taken as a definitive measure of
processor speed in all computing applications. Even the iCOMP
scores (originally from Intel) should only be considered as an estimate of
how a particular CPU will perform in most systems, most of the time.
If you check out the latest CPU reviews available for both the Athlon
and Pentium-III at 1GHz, you will see
that neither chip beat the other in every benchmark test. In the first
published tests, the only Pentium-III
systems that consistently beat the Athlon
at 1GHz were those configured with RDRAM,
rather than the more common (read: cheaper) SDRAM.
It was from these results that the first CPU
Scorecard scores edged the Athlon
ahead of the Pentium-III.
As additional published tests have become available, including those
you suggested, it does appear that the Pentium-III
has a slight overall performance margin over
the Athlon at 1GHz. The difference is
so small, however, that this may change as additional benchmark
information becomes available.
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