Intel launched its 1GHz Pentium III processor just days after Advanced Micro Devices' 1GHz Athlon made its debut. The chips will be scarce at first. They're fast: an early 1GHz PIII system edges those powered by the 1GHz Athlon. AMD won the race to 1GHz; Intel wins narrowly for best performance.
Systems from vendors including Dell, Hewlett-Packard and IBM are in the wings, but none is shipping now. Australian PC World's Test Centre eagerly awaits the arrival of these systems for testing, but in the meantime thought we'd give our readers a sneak peek at Intel's latest chip, courtesy of our sister publication in the US. PC World's preliminary tests were carried out on an IBM Aptiva with the 1GHz CPU, 128MB of Rambus memory, and Windows 98 Second Edition.
The WorldBench 2000 results: the 1GHz PIII system scored 165, which is about 5 per cent faster than the best commercial 1GHz Athlon PC World has tested. The difference is slight, but Intel will claim bragging rights.
Prior to this latest release, Intel's fastest processor was 800MHz. The 1GHz Aptiva runs about 6 per cent faster than the fastest PIII-800 system that PC World has tested.