Re: always been curious
Actually, maroon, the naming scheme worked for the original Athlon as well. My wife's Athlon 2000+ outruns a P4 2.0, especially in a game. it runs just ahead of one on regular desktop use. the P4 excels at encoding and such, but she never does that.
The advent of dual cores did mess up the naming scheme, and the C2Ds made it useless. It continued to be used to scale the AMD chips against other AMD chips, but didn't apply anymore to the Intel chips.
Fanboy or not, the Athlons and Athlon64s were the champs in their day. Intel holds the crown now.
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