Bij Sharky Extreme hebben ze ook hun Intel Coppermine review online gezet. Ook hier weer veel benchmarks van Coppermines op 600MHz t/m 733MHz, en ter vergelijking hebben ze de scores van een Athlon 700 er ook tussen gezet. Uit de benchmarks blijkt dat meestal alleen een Coppermine 733 uitgerust met PC800 RDRAM het van de AMD Athlon 700 kan winnen.
We highly recommend the Intel Coppermine-based Pentium III CPUs to any user seeking the fastest possible PC performance. We also say definitively that the only way to get the most out of the Coppermine CPU is to outfit it with an i820 mainboard and expensive RDRAM.
No matter what anyone tells you, we, along with DELL, Compaq, and most other major PC OEM system integrators, are believers in both the i820 chipset and RDRAM's performance improvements. We've personally used Intel's new platform for over a month now and we have nothing but positive things to say about it regarding a tangible improvement over both PC-100 SDRAM and the 440BX chipset.
If you're on more of a tight budget however, we do believe that you'll probably be better off opting for a 650MHz or below Athlon CPU/mainboard combo. [break]In de review wordt ook nog even gemeld dat we nu weer geen snellere Athlons dit jaar mogen verwachten:[/break] On the AMD side, although it may seem shocking to some, we have confirmed that there will be no further Athlon CPU introductions in 1999.
As AMD's brand new state-of-the-art Dresden Germany chip fabrication plant begins production of sample .18 micron wafers this week, it begins the lengthy 90-day quality and assurance shake down that all fabs go through on their way to full production. These samples will not be offered to the public.
It makes sense therefore that AMD will likely be able to offer 800MHz+ .18um Athlon chips beginning in late January and early February of next year, on their way to 1.2 - 1.4GHz Copper-based Athlons by mid to late summer 2000. Think July/August.
In the near term AMD hinted to us that it was (is) possible for the Athlon to hit a 750MHz speed using their current .25um process, but that the chip pass/fail rate at that speed could not support the economics or production volume necessary for supporting a full Athlon 750 launch.
Lees Sharky's review hier verder.