Fleeing To The Front: The New Top Model, Intel P4/2800
Recent events in the world of CPUs have been comparable to a duel on a lonely German autobahn on a warm summer night: the big Mercedes, equipped with all options, drives on at consistently high speed and thus manages to remain in the lead. Suddenly, unexpectedly, the Ferrari (fitted with standard options only, no aircon) comes up from behind and overtakes the Mercedes, and both cars jockey for the lead.
It's a close race - sometimes the Ferrari overtakes the Mercedes and vice versa. We're talking figuratively about Intel P4/2533 and AMD Athlon XP 2600+, of course - and now Intel introduces a new model that reaches new extremes in speed, taking full advantage of PC1066. And so, the Mercedes gradually manages to pull ahead of the Ferrari. The AMD XP's recent triumph was short-lived.
Yes indeed, it was only a few days ago that AMD proudly launched the Athlon XP 2600+, which we put through a comprehensive test (see
To be exact, Intel has introduced four new processors that will be sure to please users who own older motherboards/ chipsets, and who want to upgrade their CPU. For this crowd, Intel has 2.50 GHz and 2.60 GHz variations ready to go, with 100 MHz FSB. The P4/2666 and the P4/2800, on the other hand, with an FSB clock of 133 MHz, promise to bring more speed to the newest platforms. In order to give you an in-depth account of the performance of the two P4 versions (100 MHz and 133 MHz), we put the new CPUs through rigorous testing.