Racing Chips

The new Athlon is definitely faster than Intel's Pentium III. So what does that mean to you?

Some day I hope to get my hands on Apple's new G4, a desktop computer so fast that the company, at least, says it is really a supercomputer that can't be exported to hostile countries. I'm not sure what I'll do with so much power--probably work toward world peace or play poker, as usual. Still, it'll be a comfort. In the meantime, I've been sampling the latest, fastest chip off the block: a 650-MHz Athlon, from Advanced Micro Devices. The new chip, also known as the K7, is slated to ship later this month on selected Compaq Presario and IBM Aptiva...

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