Review Roundup of AMD's & Intel's Latest & Greatest

By Mario

Date: January 8, 2002


The NDA's for AMD's and Intel's latest and greatest have now expired. Reviews of AMD's XP2000+ and Intel's Northwood at 2 and 2.2 GHz are now all over the web.

SimHQ were impressed by AMD's performance: "To get a long time Intel devotee to admit that they are taken with an AMD processor is one of those nearly impossible feats. AMD has demonstrated consistency and growth with a determination to give the CPU king a serious run for their money. Dollar for dollar, the AMD processor is a better performer. AMD has broken out of the mold and proven that MHz/GHz is not all that one need consider when looking for serious performance."

Ace's Hardware just loved AMD's value: "Knowing that a 2.2 GHz Pentium 4 costs $562 and that an Athlon XP 2000+ (on average slightly faster) comes with a $339 price tag, it is crystal clear that the Athlon is still the king in the price/performance department."

Lost Circuits had no problem in picking a winner: "In the current roundup, the Northwood showed a healthy boost over the Willamette
but, in most applications, did not quite beat the AMD Athlon XP 2000+. "

Hexus also loved AMD's performance: "It's fairly obvious we have here the quickest x86 processor that money can buy."

PC stats appreciated AMD's bang for the buck: "In the mean time, the numbers are definitely pointing to the Athlon XP 2000+ for value in price, and performance."


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