The developer of a new benchmark program claims that Intel Corp. has influenced the composition of standard benchmarks to its own benefit. Moreover, he says Advanced Micro Devices Inc.’s Athlon chips perform considerably better than the Pentium 4 in tests that mirror real world working conditions. He also maintains that PCs with two slower Pentium IIIs outshine desktops with 1.5 GHz Pentium 4s.
Randall C. Kennedy, developer of Benchmark Studio 1.0, started working on his chip testing program while working with Intel but split under acrimonious circumstances after he published a less than flattering article about Pentium CPUs. Intel disagrees with his claims concerning both the standard benchmarks and Pentium 4 performance.
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