It's certainly going to be an interesting year for those of you who prefers Intel processors over anything else. However, there are barriers that Intel must overcome in order to gain a stable footing in this dynamic microprocessor business. We still have yet to see how Pentium 4 will benefit users as it is currently priced way too high for the average consumers. The 64-bit Itanium processor is still unknown to us and it will take Intel time to establish the IA-64 architecture. Operating systems and applications have to be optimised for the 64-bit platform in order to take full advantage of the processor. On the other hand, Intel will need to stabilise their copper process on top of their upcoming 0.13 micron process technology. I guess we will just have to wait and watch how Intel will deliver what they promised. In the meantime, I suggest saving up for your next 2 GHz processor.
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