A new wave of Pentium 4 chips is coming
The Inquirer has launch pricing
for Intel's next wave of desktop processors, including the new 3.2GHz flagship and 2.8, 2.6, and 2.4GHz processors featuring Hyper-Threading and 800MHz front-side busses. Given current market prices, it looks like AMD's Athlon XPs will continue to be cheaper alternatives, PR rating-for-MHz, than Intel's Pentium 4s, but I have to wonder if an 800MHz front-side bus and Hyper-Threading could give the Pentium 4 a distinct performance advantage when compared to an Athlon XP with a comparable model number.
Of course, AMD's model numbers aren't supposed to be indexed against the Pentium 4. That AMD will shortly be launching an Athlon XP 3200+ is pure coincidence.
A 3.2GHz Pentium 4 may secure Intel the performance crown, but I'm far more interested in seeing Hyper-Threading spread over a wider range of processors. Perhaps with more than just a couple of high-end CPUs supporting Hyper-Threading technology, we'll see a few more applications optimized to take advantage of multithreading.