De mannen van iXBT hebben hun maandelijkse overzicht van hardware nieuws weer online gezet. Ze hebben samengevat wat er deze maand bekend is geworden en gebeurd op CPU, storage, mamaplankjes en video gebied. Hieronder een quote over de 1GHz battle:
This month has acquired nearly historical importance for the entire human society: due to superhuman effort two largest x86 processor manufacturers managed to surpass 1GHz! The closer the beginning of March was, the harder was the competition. Who would be the winner: Intel or AMD? The situation was very similar to what we saw a year ago or so, when these two companies also fought for the leadership on the way to another height - a new CPU generation. At that time AMD won the game and announced its K6-III (which has now disappeared from AMD distributor's price list) a few days before Pentium III. And today AMD again has wrested the victory at the last second having announced its 1GHz Athlon two days prior to Pentium III supporting the same working frequency. It happened on March 6.
However, despite this really tiny time difference, AMD seemed to be in a much more favorable situation. If AMD can afford to launch 900, 950 and 1000MHz processors, then the things with Intel are best of all reflected by a virtual Pentium III 1GHz working with some special cooling and hence requiring some special mainboards. Besides, it doesn't support dual-processor configurations. In fact, you will get a much clearer picture of the situation if you look at its 866 and 850MHz counterparts launched one and a half weeks later. At least they came out not in the third quarter.