Thanks to new chipset updates and BIOS optimisations, the Pentium 4 is now faster at rendering HTML pages than the Athlon XP processors.
The 2.53GHz Pentium 4 and 2.13GHz Athlon XP/2600+ are almost equally fast when rendering PDF documents.
Intel's continuing efforts with software and hardware manufacturers are slowly but surely paying off. Although AMD’s processors usually do better than Intel’s chips when translating XML pages, this appears to have now changed thanks to current hardware configuration and driver updates. In this test, the Pentium 4 processors were clearly faster than the Athlon chips.
There is little difference between the Intel and AMD processors in the Internet animation tests with Flash and Shockwave – certainly not enough to be noticeable in practice.