"It's not too often that a new technology comes along
that's affordable. Upon the Pentium 4's first offering, it followed
that time-tested rule of new products (let alone Intel products)
being insanely expensive. Luckily for most computing enthusiasts,
there's another company out there making processors and driving the
prices down into a reasonable range. That company is obviously AMD.
With AMD turning up the heat in the processor wars, Intel was
forced to fight back by slashing their Pentium 4 prices.
What does this all have to do with Pogo's latest revision of
their new famous Verona? That's simple. Most of the major media
outlets were predicting the Pentium 4 to be in that upper-bracket
of pricing, that is, the $2500 range. Pogo has recently come along
and shattered some of those early predictions with one much lower
than that -- try $999.
I was both skeptical and surprised when I heard that number.
After all, if companies can just barely sell their Athlon-based
systems for $999, how will they pull off a Pentium 4 system for
that same price? I don't quite know how they did it, but they did.
Now the question is, does the Pentium 4 pummel the Athlon on Linux,
or will the AMD keep on Intel's tail much like it has in Windows
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