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Reviewed: Pentium 200mhz
Manufacturer: Intel
Product Type: CPU
ESP: ~$4
Reviewer's System: Pentium 200mhz, 128MB EDO RAM (70ns SIMMS), Voodoo3 2000 PCI, Sound Blaster 16, DX2.0, Win98SE
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Author: Torsten Daeges       Date:November 28th, 2000
Page: 1


Intel has been making dependable CPUs for years. However, with recent competition, they've run into a little bit of trouble. Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has always been Intel's tag-along. They were never known to release state of the art processors or chipsets. All of this changed last August. AMD released their Athlon processor. The Athlon had a 200mhz FSB, over the P3's 100mhz. It was a staggering turnaround as Chipzilla suddenly had to defend its turf.

Recently, Intel released the Pentium 4. This was the long hyped-about processor that would bring Intel back on top. Sadly, it didn't do as well as expected, and a more advanced version of the Athlon, the Thunderbird, could defeat the newcomer in all but the memory bandwidth benchmarks. Things may look bleak for the once-powerful hardware giant, but we shouldn't forget the great things that Intel brought us in the past: years of computer functionality, functionality that was years ahead of AMD's Kx line and VIA's Cyrix line of processors.

With Intel's recent trouble with the P3 being weaker than the Athlon inch for inch, and the disappointing results of the P4, I thought it would be a good idea to remind everyone of better times for Intel, a time when Intel reigned supreme, a time when Intel was the undisputed Champion of Processors. Before the birth of the P3, the P4, and the Athlon, before even the P2, and even the Pentium Pro… there was: Pentium!

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Added:  Tuesday, November 28, 2000
Reviewer:  Torsten Daeges
Page: 1/6

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