Conclusion: The Athlon XP 2000+ certainly surprised us. On paper it gives up over 500MHz to the Pentium 4 and now contains less onboard cache. Even when the Pentium 4 originally debuted Athlon was only 300MHz behind. With the growing clock speed discrepancy and larger cache size available with Northwood we assumed the Athlon XP 2000+ was outmatched. It turns out our initial impressions were clearly wrong.