Bij SysOpt hebben ze een artikeltje in elkaar gedraaid over de 64bit processors van Intel (de Itanium) en AMD (de Sledghehammer). In het artikel vind je wat info over de werking van de CPU's, vrij goed geschreven wel. Lees alle info hier.
It looks like Intel is going to win in the first-to-market race, and the significance of this cannot be underestimated. Still, AMD has surprised us before - note the Athlon - so it would be foolish to assume that they won't be able to do so again. At this time, actual performance of the Itanium is little known, and a complete mystery in the Sledgehammer. Software support for the Itanium is massive, as Intel has treated software development corporations as virtual partners. This may be AMD's biggest hurdle. Public and IS managers' perceptions are molded by many factors, such as initial product defects, press reviews, and product loyalty. The existing base of Intel processors certainly gives an edge here, but AMD's penchant for cutthroat pricing has been effective in wooing customers away from Intel.
For most PC users, there is little need to incorporate the outcome of this battle into purchasing decisions now. It will be a minimum of a year, and more likely two years, before we start seeing the results of this next generation of processors filtering down to the desktop. In the meantime, we can sit back and watch the fireworks. It promises to be an exciting show.