Conclusion: We know what you’re probably thinking, “why the lower score for the 333MHz Athlon XP 2600+ (in comparison to the 266MHz CPU) if it performs faster and costs the same?” The answer is simple – the price of the processor hasn’t changed in nearly three months! When the chip was originally launched, Intel’s 2.53GHz Pentium 4 was priced at over $600, now that chip is officially priced at $243!
Conclusion: AMD has yet another hit on their hands with the Athlon XP 2600+. We know it sounds very repetitive in comparison to our other CPU reviews, but it's the truth. While we'd love to see the Athlon XP running on a faster bus with 512K L2 cache, the chip we have today is more than capable of keeping up with, if not surpassing, the latest and greatest from Intel. What makes this even more impressive is the Athlon XP 2600+'s selling price of $297.