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Mustang vs. Pentium 4 : design decisions

Ronald Hanaki
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Johan De Gelas of Ace’s Hardware weighs the pros and cons of the design decisions inherent in AMD’s Mustang and Intel’s Pentium 4 in this well-written scrutiny:

Are double pumped, hyperpipelined, low latency designs the only future for x86? Will future designs from AMD and other competitors be similar to Intel’s innovative seventh generation core? If we look at VIA’s plans, and in particular the future CPU codenamed “Ezra,” we can answer with a straightforward yes. The Ezra will feature a 17 stage pipeline and will start at least 1.2 GHz. But what about AMD? Does the new Mustang stand a chance with its older K7-architecture when it must compete with the new Pentium 4?

Curious? Mustang will give the Athlon core a new look. While both processors have not been released to the public yet, Johan does some good research. Read more here. They also have more information on Micron’s Mamba chipset on their front page (thanks NeWs dAwG).

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