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AMD claims Intel agrees Megahertz Myth dead

W decided to listen to the AMD Gang of Seven (above) to see if we could separate out the blizzard of reviews of the 2700+ and 2800+ -- future products from the chip firm – from what actually was going to happen.

Thankfully, the usual suspects in the shape of Mike Kanellos, Mark Hachman, Nathan Brookwood, Jack Robertson and the others were there to keep the Gang of Seven honest, with some good questions about the Future Processors (FP).

Pat Moorhead, who kindly lent us a power cable at this year's CeBIT conference in Hangover, Germany, and is the VP of corporate marketing, claimed during one part of the presentation that Intel had admitted that pure clock speed was not good enough for future generations of processor.

This, no doubt, related to some information that we teased out of Intel at its recent developer forum in San Jose, and also relates to the Banias notebook chip, which launches next year at 1.30GHz before it climbs to 2GHz by the end of the year.

Moorhead told the assembly: "End users care about how their software works with their hardware. Right now we have a cryptic outdated measurement of performance.

"The buzzwords whether they're FSBs, frequencies or this or that, the general mainstream of consumers are still very confused by that".

And then this: "For close on two years... we've been on a mission to expose the Megahertz Myth.... Megahertz alone as a performance measure... is a misleading indicator of computing performance.

News source: The Inquirer

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