It is short from amazing how fast the technology has developed. I can remember about a year and a half ago talking to a colleague at work that I'd buy a 1 GHz processor as that represented some sort of landmark.
There is no way in denying it. The Athlon XP 3000+ is of course a blazingly fast processor, what did you expect anyway ? It's not beating the Pentium 4 3.06 GHz though.
Conclusion: The Athlon XP 3000+ is certainly a worthy competitor to Intel’s Pentium 4 3.06GHz. As you saw in our test results, the Athlon XP continues to perform well in the benchmarks it has previously won, while the Pentium 4 platform continues to come out on top in applications that have traditionally favored it. AMD’s Athlon XP 3000+ doesn’t shift the tide in AMD’s favor; instead it maintains the status quo we’ve witnessed for the past several months.
Summary: The Athlon XP 3000+ puts AMD back into an oddly balanced tie with Intel for the overall x86 CPU performance lead. Which chip will serve you better will depend not only on the sort of applications you'll use it for, but also the particulars of the application code. The Pentium 4 acquits itself quite well when applications have been optimized for it, but sometimes stumbles on older code.
Excerpt: At the Quakecon 2002 convention , in August of 2002, I was the first to post on the rumor that the Barton core processors were going to be running on a 400 MHz FSB. This did not come to pass on the initial launch of the Barton processors, but I am still hearing from chipset manufacturers and motherboard manufacturers that they are being told to make sure their motherboards are able to meet a 400 MHz bus.
Conclusion: The new AMD Athlon XP is finally here and users can now look forward to more powerful processors with the new Barton core that spots a larger 512KB Level 2 cache. The latest and greatest Athlon XP 3000+ processor featured in this review is indeed a very powerful processor that delivers between 3 - 17% more performance than the Athlon XP 2700+ which happens to be clocked at the same frequency.
Summary: С выпуском процессоров, основанных на ядре "Barton",
AMD еще раз доказала, что способна создавать очень серьезные
продукты, способные конкурировать с процессорами Intel не
только в цене, но и в производительности.
Наши испытания показали, что в большинстве тестов,
Athlon XP 3000+ вполне может конкурировать с Pentium 4 3.06
GHz, хотя такое сравнение не совсем корректно, потому, что
фактическая тактовая частота Athlon XP почти на 1ГГц ниже