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AMD Intel "benchmark comparison unfair"

Nvidia must be rubbing its hands
Mon Jul 22 2002, 12:07
THE BENCHMARKS and system specs we published over the weekend comparing Intel and AMD processors using integrated chipsets are clearly unfair, as Nils Dahl has pointed out at Van's Hardware Pages.

But he also points to the reason why the benchmark is unfair, and that's because the AMD chips use the Nforce chipset, which appear to trash the 845G big time.

Which has only got to be good news for Nvidia, AMD's favourite SNAP partner, we reckon.

Earlier this year, we reported sources at both ATI and Nvidia were a little bothered about the introduction of the Intel 845G and 845GL chipsets, dubbed by Chipzilla itself as "extreme graphics".

They are still bothered -- Intel has fantastic marketing, sales and distribution reach worldwide and as the 845G and the 845E are being positioned as "corporate stable platforms", gazillions will eventually be sold. Many will be sold to companies who couldn't give a stuff whether the 845G is slower than anything Nvidia or ATI throw out of their labs.

So it seems to us that Intel should really get its act together and push that 256K or even 512K Celeron P4 out of the door and quick. It may already be doing so -- remember the same thing happened with its big brother the Pentium 4.

When that happens, AMD will have to do its benchmarks all over again. But by then the Nforce 2 may well be on the scene, and Tweedle-dum-dum-dum and Tweedle-AMD will have to come out yet again and perform their little battle for our edification. µ

Van's Hardware


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