Intel and AMD continue to battle it out

Intel and AMD have just simultaneously released the latest— and fastest— of their processor families, the Pentium 4 2.2GHz and the Athlon XP 2000+.

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By  Robin Duff Published  January 10, 2002

Intel and AMD have just released the latest— and fastest— of their processor families. Intel’s new chip is a version of the Pentium 4 which runs at speeds of up to 2.2GHz and features twice as much memory as the company’s last high performance chip. Intel engineers have managed to cram 512 Kbytes of memory (level 2 cache) onto the chip for increased performance. Intel is also offering a version of the new chip at 2 GHz.

AMD’s latest offering is the Athlon XP 2000+. AMD says that the Athlon XP 2000+ will perform as well as, or better than, a 2000 MHz (or 2GHz) Intel chip, even though it runs at a lower clock speed. The company puts this down to the chip’s architectural enhancements, such as its 3DNow Professional instruction set.

Compaq and Hewlett-Packard are introducing PCs based on the new AMD and Intel chips, while Gateway and Dell are sticking to Intel exclusively. But with system prices in excess of $1500 for PCs based on the Athlon XP 2000+, and more than $2000 for those built around the 2.2GHz Intel chip, analysts say computer makers may have a tough time moving the new offerings.

They note that the 1GHz systems, which offer more than enough power for most Internet and desktop applications, can be had for less than $1000. Furthermore, many of the applications that would justify a 2GHz processor such as videoconferencing or online gaming, also require users to have broadband access to the Internet.

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