Originally posted by Nubius
Snap....didn't realize you already had the P4 board =/...yeah well in YOUR case then yeah might as well just get the P4 chip.
......yeah right man......look at those tests......the 3200+ performed well and even OUTPERFORMED the 2.8 on the quake 3 arena demo NV15demo at the bottom...I've never followed intel so I don't know which one the northwood is...but its the simple fact you get more performance out of the AMD chips per hertz than you do with Intel. Again the AMD had lower MHz but could still stand up to the competition. They didn't 'abandon' the XP series...its the simple fact it was time to make way for a new architecture and get the best performance out of 2GHz opposed to stupid *** intel having to go to the market and say 'Well.....ummm...their 2GHz is a lower number than our 4GHz!' but a 2GHz 64 would wipe the street clean with a 4GHz pentium. Simple as that.
You have to realize that the short pipes in the Athlon 64 allows it to perform as good or better as the P4 at lower clockspeed. But the short pipe also limits the clock speed on the Athlon 64. The highest overclock for the FX-53 was around 2.9ghz.
So it is not possible to clock an Athlon 64 up to the same clockspeed as a P4 with it's short pipeline... for now.