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The graph above also illustrates the nearest plans of both: AMD and Intel in terms of CPU announcements. Well, it looks as if AMD could hardly hope to change the market situation in its favor. The competition on equal terms with Intel is no longer the case, and the company returns to the “catching up” position. Anyway, it is still too early to make any long-term forecasts. We suggest having patience and waiting for Athlon 64 to come out. However, very restrained reaction of the software developers to AMD64 technology, allows us to suppose that there is no revolution to come when the new generation AMD processors arrive.

Closer Look: Intel Pentium 4 3.2GHz

New Pentium 4 3.2GHz processor announced today, on June 23, doesn’t boast anything new from the technological point of view. It is the same Northwood working at 800MHz bus and supporting Hyper-Threading technology. In other words, this processor is absolutely identical (except the core frequency) to Pentium 4 3.0GHz launched in April.


Like its predecessors, Intel Pentium 4 3.2GHz processor
uses D1 core stepping.

The only thing we should definitely mention regarding the new Pentium 4 Northwood based processor announcement, is the even higher heat dissipation. Now the typical heat dissipation of the Pentium 4 3.2GHz processor equals 85W, and the maximum heat dissipation exceeds 100W. That is why you should be very careful when selecting a PC case for a system with the new Pentium 4 3.2GHz inside. One fan is certainly too little for a system like that. Moreover, you should make sure that the air flow around the CPU is active enough to provide 42oC around the CPU heatsink, not more.

And we would like to remind you once again that the newly announced Pentium 4 3.2GHz is the last Intel CPU made with 0.13micron production technology and intended for high-performance desktop systems. The next processor for this type of systems will be based on the new Prescott core manufactured with 90nm technology. So, the heat dissipation of the future processors will definitely be lower and Pentium 4 3.2GHz will undoubtedly remain an indisputable leader in heat dissipation.

The official price of the new Pentium 4 3.2GHz is $637, which means that this is the most expensive desktop processor today. Moreover, Intel recommends using the new processor together with not very low-cost mainboards based on i875P chipset. Although, we know that you can disregard this requirement: many less expensive mainboards on i865PE provide the same performance level due to the activated PAT Technology (see our ASUS P4P Mainboard Review).

 
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