This article essentially damns a duck for quacking. You have an SSE-optimized program, it's going to do better with an SSE-enabled processor than one that isn't.Them's fighting words. Since benchmarks can be biased in favor of one platform over another, Van Smith is an advocate of COSBI (comprehensive Open Source benchmarking initiative). Overclockers.com goes into more detail about SYSmark and COSBI in a follow-up article. You can bet that we haven't heard the end of this one.
The Athlon holds up very well on its own merits. It doesn't need affirmative action from its "friends."