AMD may have gotten there first, but analysts say Intel’s new Pentium III Coppermine processor provides a slight edge in performance over the 1GHz Athlon.
“Intel’s 1GHz Pentium III is the clear winner on our run of benchmarks,” said analysts at testing site TheMeter.
Much of the difference relates to the PIII’s 256K secondary cache, which is integrated on the same piece of silicon as the processor core. Athlon’s cache is twice as large, but is located on separate chips, and runs at slower speeds.
The performance gap will likely shrink when AMD releases a new Athlon, code-named Thunderbird, toward the middle of the year.
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