Question about cpu speed.

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mr wolf

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I was thinking about getting a new cpu.

For a similar price I could get a 2.2 GHz amd athlon xp, or a 2.8 Ghz P4.

Is the cpu speed the only factor to be taking into account?

Is one cpu better for games, for example?

I have always had an Amd cpu and have been pleased with the performance.

Is there anyway for a 2.2 GHz cpu to be faster than a 2.8GHz?

Thanks.
 
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You will find loads of articles on clock speeds and performance between athlon and intel processors. I think up to the xp 2800+ the comparisons of the athlon XPs in terms of rating to the closest performing P4, rather than by clock speed, was fair. And obviously the athlons are cheaper. Its at the top of the range that the P4 3ghz+ are starting to pull away from the "rated same" athlons.
 

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Well, you also have to take into account the MB you're going to combine with that CPU. Many times, the MB will have as much effect as picking the processor.
 

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If you're just upgrading the CPU and nothing else then you must stay with AMD - the P4's use a different socket. Also be aware both companies have CPU's with the same external clock speeds but they run on different FSB's. ie. 200/266/333/400/533/800 Mhz

Also, not sure where you were looking, but generally the AMD's are cheaper then Intel's - what prices were you given?
 
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