In Reply to: I got a 1.2GHz Athalon (266 bus) + board for $200. posted by Tim Collins on July 31, 2001 at 01:37:07:
Thanks... this is truly a learning experience for me!
Hans - it's simplistic to say that 1.4GHz Thunderbird "beats out" a 1.7GHz P4... they are very different processors, and perform well at different tasks. "Twice the performance at half the price" is not at all accurate.
Athlon does well at 3D rendering and "office" applications. The P4 does well with memory bandwidth intensive applications (like MPEG encoding, some game engines).
P4 system prices are coming down rapidly, and you can get one from any vendor you like (if you like to buy systems that is, not build them). That is to say, Dell. ;-) The P4 system prices have as much or more to do with low volume and expensive motherboards as with RDRAM, and as volume ramps, the price of both RDRAM and P4 motherboards will continue to drop (plus there's the 0.13 shrink + architectural enhancements in Q4).
That being said, Athlons are SO cheap right now it's kinda sad. ;-)
Tim - just make sure you have an adequate (read 350W minimum) power supply and adequate CPU/case cooling. T-birds are toasty, hungry CPUs. I think you got a good deal... just don't look back now that you've spend the $. ;-)