AMD's long awaited AthlonXP "Thoroughbred" processor (aka T-Bred) has finally arrived. Built on 0.13 micron technology the T-Bred will run cooler then any Athlon/XP that proceeded it and allow AMD to ramp up the clock speed of their processors higher. Will this allow the AthlonXP to take back the speed crown from AMD's arch rival Intel and their Pentium 4 processors?
It's no secret that AMD lags behind Intel quite a bit in terms of pure MH z. However since the release of the Pentium 4, MHz or GHz is no longer a good indication of how fast a CPU is, since the Pentium 4 does quite a bit less work per clock cycle then an Athlon based CPU. The former top of the line AMD processor, the AthlonXP 2100+ (1.73 GHz) Palomino could often out perform a Pentium 4 2.0 GHz (Williamette or Northwood) despite having a 270 MHz clock speed disadvantage, and can even give a healthy challenge to Pentium 4's running at 2.4 GHz+ in most benchmarks.
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