First of all, I'd like to congratulate Intel for successfully releasing the Northwood with highly competitive performance. Now, is it just me or is the position Intel in now similar to the position AMD was in after they released the T-Bird?
Ok, look back in time, March 2000, the two 1GHz processors have been released! The 1GHz Coppermine P3 and the 1GHz Athlon K75. The Coppermine included 256KB of full speed cache while the 1GHz K75 had 512KB of 2/5 speed cache (I believe that was the divider). The P3 was slightly ahead of the Athlon, as the Athlon XP was ahead of the P4 before the Northwood. But then, a while later, I believe in June 2000, AMD released the T-Bird! Finally, the 1GHz Athlon T-BIrd was eekking out a win. But in SSE enabled apps it lacked.
Now if history repeats itself once again, I expect AMD to come back with an ever faster processor that's just slightly ahead of Intel's top-of-the-line.
AMD technology + Intel technology = Intel/AMD Pentathlon IV; the <b>ULTIMATE</b> PC processor
i think that is a very fitting analogy. in some areas there were major performance improvements, but overall it was only around 5% clock-per-clock... exactly the same as the tbird to the athlon classic
in the P3 times it was okay, but now with P4 it isnt really clock for clock.
Again, the famous quote:
<font color=green>With the P4, Intel has shown that it is not necessary to improve the performance with increase in the MHz.</font color=green>
<font color=red>Now they will also prove that it is also possible to screw the performance <i>even after</i> increasing the MHz, got a clue? Its the integrated display (thank them it wont run with SDRAM) for P4!</font color=red>
<font color=red>Nothing is fool-proof. Fools are Ingenious!</font color=red>