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Gladiator II: Pentium 4 vs. Athlon DDR

Ronald Hanaki
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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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