Gladiator II: Pentium 4 vs. Athlon DDR

ZDNet GameSpot has posted the Clash of the Titans: Pentium 4 vs. Athlon DDR systems. Who will win the crowd?
The PC market has changed a lot over the last year and a half since the Athlon and Pentium III started going head-to-head. For home PC users looking for PCs that offer both high performance and a reasonable price, AMD processors have become a serious alternative to Intel processors in a way that was previously unthinkable. In this article, we compare four high-end systems suitable for gaming, including 1.5GHz Pentium 4 systems Compaq and Polywell and 1.2GHz Athlon systems from Alienware and Falcon. All of the systems here cost around $3000 to $3600 now, but they pack in technology you can expect to see migrating into mainstream PCs in the coming year. We'll look at every part of these four systems--from performance and features to stability and craftsmanship--to find the best high-end PC choice for a gamer or PC enthusiast. While most of the components in these systems are available for those who tend to follow the do-it-yourself approach, these well-built machines do underline the advantages of buying from a top PC maker, not least of which is a good warranty.
Unlike Dr. Damage's great comparison, ZDNet GameSpot tests pre-built systems from OEMs. The P4 systems are from Compaq and Polywell; the Athlon DDR systems are from Alienware and Falcon Northwest. TR's article is here for comparison.
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