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Kumar wrong on Intel



Kumar wrong on Intel

In response to the May 10 Perspectives column by Ashok Kumar, "Intel: Planning the next move":

I disagree with Ashok Kumar's assertions. In the article, Kumar asserts the following: "Northwood systems with DDR SDRAM will offer price and performance well beyond what AMD will have."

This statement is obviously pure speculation on the writer's part, represented in the article as fact (and is contrary to what is defined in every processor road map published by either Intel or AMD). In fact, there have not been any statements released from either manufacturer regarding expected performance levels, or for that matter clock speeds, on any future chips, beyond the current generation of products. Information that has been published thus far is, in fact, pure speculation.

Had Kumar taken the time to actually look at the current state of affairs in the marketplace, he would have seen that available Pentium 4-based systems, even at the highest speed grades, are routinely outperformed and, more importantly, outpriced by systems using AMD Athlon processors. In fact, the Pentium 4 itself generally underperforms the AMD Athlon by 25 percent, clock for clock.

Actually, the only benchmarks that the Pentium 4 routinely "wins" are stream-based memory benchmarks, which are more a reflection of subsystems outside the Pentium 4 than with the processor itself. Interestingly, the writer actually confirms this assertion later in his article when discussing the Brookdale chipset.

Generally, I find your site informative and interesting to visit. I use many of your articles and tests to make recommendations to my customers and friends. I appreciate the general objectivity with which your writers write about and review products. However, this article exhibits an uncharacteristic bias toward Intel, which clouds the facts presented to the degree of making the article useless for me.

Unfortunately, while I tend to make more informed decisions regarding computer hardware, many other readers who look to your site for the same reasons I do will make irresponsible decisions based upon these biases.

Mark Crowley
Santa Clara, Calif.