Краткое содержание статьи: You never were able to get so much processing power for so little money. AMD releases Athlon 1200, the fastest x86 processor and Duron 800, the most powerful low-cost processor that ever existed. None of the two goes for another superlative in terms of pricing.
AMD Extends Performance Lead With New Athlon and Duron Processor
It is only 6 weeks ago when two important things happened in the high-end sector of the x86 processor market. On the very same day that AMD was proudly releasing its Athlon 1100 MHz, Intel finally retracted its Pentium III 1.13 GHz 4 weeks after its release. Since this time AMD is the clear clock frequency leader, offering a product that's 100 MHz beyond Intel's fastest Pentium III 1000, as well as the performance leader in the vast majority of benchmarks, as our article about the Athlon 1100 was able to show.
Is Clock Speed Everything?
Considering this fact brings up the old question. Is clock speed the only thing the average customer understands? The educated reader of Tom's Hardware will know that there's a lot more. Although clock frequency is obviously a measure for performance within the same group of processors, it doesn't really say anything about performance if you compare different processor designs. Theoretically, a 300 MHz processor of one design can be faster than a 1 GHz processor of another design. Still clock speed is the one thing that marketing people are just about able to comprehend and if you read the recent CNET-article about AMD's expected release of the Athlon 1200 and Duron 800 you will notice that even the average 'computer journalist' doesn't seem to know a whole lot more than that. In this write-up you find a comment stating that Duron is now available in higher speeds than Celeron. What the editor of this article doesn't seem to be aware of is the fact that AMD's Duron is able to outperform any Celeron at way higher clock frequencies, simply because it benefits from the better design. I wonder if people will ever learn that. Intel is still taking advantage of this 'MHZ-trap' in the low-end sector and Pentium 4 will see Intel using the good old clock frequency hype in the high-end sector as well.
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