Compiling Linux: Suse Linux 7.3 / Kernel 2.4.13
When it comes to compiling the latest Linux kernel, the AMD Athlon XP 1800+ is the fastest CPU. It needs a mere 223 seconds - whereas the Intel Pentium 4/2000 needs 264 seconds to compile the same kernel. Bringing up the rear, the Pentium 4 at 1400 MHz needs 329 seconds.
Archiving: WinACE 2.04
Archiving is a very practical application. WinACE 2.04 was used under Windows XP to archive a 178 MB file while the clock was running. In this discipline, the Intel Pentium 4/2000 is head and shoulders above the rest. The AMD Athlon XP, on the other hand, can't quite seem to keep up - all its processors lagged behind the Intel CPUs. The worst performance came from the older AMD Athlon 1400.