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Pentium 4 systems debut amid performance questions

Intel regains the chip speed crown with the release of PCs based on its new Pentium 4 processors, but new benchmark tests raise questions about just how much faster the chips are.

 

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Intel regains the chip speed crown with the release of PCs based on its new Pentium 4 processors, but new benchmark tests raise questions about just how much faster the chips are.

"For today's buyer, the Pentium 4 simply doesn't make sense."

- Anandtech writer Anand Lal Shimpi

 


Testers: Pentium 4 fails to outpace Athlon
Intel's new 1.5-GHz chip doesn't provide a real performance advantage and is often slower when compared with Athlon, AMD's fastest chip, benchmark testers and analysts say.

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The pros and cons of Pentium 4
Linley Gwenapp, principal analyst, The Linley Group
Pentium 4 computers hit the market
update Major PC manufacturers release the first desktops built around the Pentium 4, a chip that will form the bedrock of Intel's business for the next few years.

IBM emphasizes entertainment
With the final transformation of its desktop PC line, Big Blue appears to be zeroing in on features focused as much on entertainment as computing for its consumer line.

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Intel may license Pentium 4 chipset tech
Intel is negotiating to license elements of the technology for its new Pentium 4 processor to chipset manufacturers to ensure a smoother supply of the necessary parts.