While everyone is harping on the new 1800+ processors, it's good to see how some of the others perform also. Head on over to Overclockers Online to see what they thought of the brand new Athlon XP 1700+ Processor. here's a snip:
"With the Athlon XP, AMD has introduced a "rating" for each model. What does this mean? Well, AMD is now labelling their processors with a rated speed. Instead of selling them as a 1.47GHz cpu, they sell it as a 1700+ cpu because it will perform as fast as a 1.7GHz processor from an other manufacturer (read: Intel).
Those of you who have been around in the hardware community for some time will remember this rating stunt ... does the name "Cyrix" ring a bell? Cyrix, once a fair competitor of Intel was selling CPU's at rated speeds as well (back in the days of the Pentium I CPU's). Today no one is talking about Cyrix anymore, except to make fun of it of course. AMD won't go bankrupt because of this, but chances are that people will feel mislead by all this rated numbers."