like 3D Mark 2000 and Quake 3 Arena. They shake out a system real well.
It's pretty interesting how a clock rating really doesn't tell the whole
story when it comes to a CPU. If Intel moves the Celeron line upto 100 MHz
bus they will stlil not surpass the performance of the Duron. We saw that
very plainly with the benchmarks. This leaves Intel in an unusual position.
Intel adds 128K of Level 2 cache when they move the Celeron line upto 100
MHz bus they will have the identical specs as the current Pentium III Coppermine.
Intel has already publicly stated that they don't see the mainstream market
getting the Pentium 4 for about another year after its release due to the
high cost of RDRAM. That means that the current Pentium III will soldier
on for the mainstream market. There are two easy solutions for Intel. Increase
the Level 2 cache of the Celeron and the Pentium III to each keep them in
line with their markets and reduce the pricing of the Celeron to match the
pricing of the Duron.
a whole lot to like about the Duron 800. Even at its current pricing it
features a lot of appeal and once slightly faster units are released the
price will drop even more. AMD has a big hit on their hands with the Duron
processors and you will see these things taking over the OEM market with
this pricing. At this point I think people who are shopping for a new processor
should strongly consider moving over to the Socket A form factor and pick
up a Duron.
Oshiro October 25, 2000