If you’ve never believed computer benchmarks in your life, well, there were very good reasons not to:
Intel has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit that claims the company “manipulated” benchmark scores in the early 2000s to make its new Pentium 4 chip seem faster than AMD’s Athlon. Intel will pay affected consumers $15 if they purchased a Pentium 4 system between November 20, 2000 and June 30, 2002. Affected systems include all systems with a Pentium 4 CPU purchased between November 20, 2000 and December 31, 2001 and all systems with a first-gen Willamette P4 or all P4s clocked below 2GHz, between January and June 2002. The exception is Illinois if you live in Illinois and bought a P4, too bad for you.
Is this the same AMD that invented the “Performance Rating” that they hoped you believed was the chip speed? My work box used to be a Sempron 2800+, which despite that number ambled along at a mere 2.0 GHz.
I did own a P4 for many years, though it was not purchased during the time frame involved, and it involved a slightly faster CPU not the Willamette, but the subsequent Northwood. (I am now running an AMD chipset instead. Go figure.)