Johan De Gelas van Ace's Hardware heeft een interessant artikel geschreven over de 1GHz processoren van Intel en AMD. Hoewel het erg speciaal is om 1000MHz CPU's te fabriceren was het misschien beter geweest van de twee chipgiganten om even te wachten totdat ze er écht klaar voor waren. Hieronder vast een gedeelte:
Competition is not always beneficial to the customer. The Athlon scales better than the PIII, and AMD could not let the chance to be the first to 1 GHz slip by. The result, however, is that the 900-1GHz Athlon (1.8V) might not be a viable upgrade for a lot of Athlon owners because the power requirements will even more stringent than they were before. That is a real shame for the people who would like to upgrade.
Several people have reported that the Athlon 750 and 800 work fine with older 235W power supplies. I have personally seen that even the Athlon 700 (.25 micron, 50W max) combined with a Guillemot Geforce DDR works fine with an older 235W power supply.
We advise you to wait for the Thunderbird, which will offer a much larger speed boost and should consume less power, thanks to copper interconnects and lower core voltages.
The Athlon captured the title of "the first to 1 GHz," and, of course, Intel had to do something. Unfortunatly, it will be extremely difficult to obtain a 1 GHz PIII. The orginal roadmap mentioned a 1 GHz release in the third quarter of 2000, and that is the real Intel roadmap (AMD's 1 GHz chip was scheduled around April). The result of this recent early announcement is a 1 GHz PIII that will only be available in limited amounts (see JC's inquiry) in very high priced OEM PCs. Even if you are lucky enough to find a 1 GHz PIII to upgrade your machine, you might be faced with a instable machine since the PIII has such strict temperature requirements.