Originally posted by idontknow
the athlon 64 3800+ does not urn at 3.8ghz the numbers for amd do not directly translate into their speed it runs at 2.4 ghz
Yeah remember a clock cycle means nothing, its the amount of work that gets done during the clock cycle. Pentium 4's may have higher clock cycles but their memory controller is in the motherboards chipset, whereas the Athlon's controllers is on die (in the processor).
Basically it means information has to travel a few nanometers instead of a few inches to get processed. Thats why Athlons do more then Pentiums on less of a clock speed.