Xbit Labs is reporting that AMD will retool its processor rating scheme to better compare with Intel's upcoming processor model numbering system. Xbit's article cites confidential AMD documents uncovered by HardWare.fr that point to a shift from Athlon 64 ratings between 2800+ and 3400+ to ratings between 530+ and 560+.
With Intel moving to a processor model number scheme that will apparently label Prescott Pentium 4 processors between 2.8 and 3.8GHz with model numbers 520 through 570, AMD's supposed new performance ratings would be very aggressive. According to the Xbit article, an Athlon 64 3400+ would become a 560+ to match up with a Prescott Pentium 4 560 at 3.6GHz.
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