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Dear CPU Scorekeeper

If the 750 Athlon runs faster (as indicated by its position and bar length) and costs less than the 700 Duron, why is the Duron listed as the best deal?
- - Don, October 2000

See the questionCPU Scorekeeper Responds

Our Top CPU List does currently rate the slightly slower Duron-700MHz systems as being better deals overall than typical Athlon-750MHz desktops, even though some of our listed Athlon systems are cheaper than some of the Durons.

The reason for this is that our Performance/Price grades are based not only on typical system prices, but on average processor component pricing, as well. Computers built with faster, more costly processors often skimp on some of the other features in order to favourably compare with slightly slower (and usually cheaper) models. This is the current situation with our listed Athlon and Duron packages. Although you will that some Athlon deals are less expensive than some Duron systems, the Duron packages might make up for the slightly slower processor speed by bumping up hard drive size, memory configuration, video card speed, etc.

Note that our Performance/Price grade is only our recommendation at this time and is subject to change frequently as new offers are configured and made available. You should always look at the whole package when considering a new computer, to ensure that all its components--in addition to its processor speed--are suitable for your needs and budget.

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