Roundup: Intel launches Pentium 4

Pentium 4 is heir to the throne, but is it showing some hereditary weaknesses? All the latest news, reviews and commentary from ZDNet UK

Pentium 4 is Intel's most comprehensive redesign of the x86 architecture in years, and is planned to become the mainstream desktop processor as early as next year. But the launch hasn't been all smooth sailing. NEWS
Reports: Some Intel Pentium 4 chips had wrong code
Tue, 21st Nov Early shipments included wrong software code, says WSJ Intel ships the Pentium 4
Mon, 20th Nov The long-awaited Pentium 4 claims huge clockspeed increases, but analysts say it's not necessarily so Pentium 4 fails business test
Mon, 20th Nov Intel's new chip gets the business thumbs down Comdex: Apps deliver graphics on Intel P4 chip
Sat, 18th Nov Software designed for P4 gets showcased Comdex: Pentium 4 to cause multimedia stir
Fri, 17th Nov With next Monday's introduction of the new chip served up at speeds of 1.4GHz and 1.5GHz, Intel is anticipating a 'growing base for Internet applications' Pentium 4 debut: Only 1 CPU?
Fri, 17th Nov Intel's promotion of the chip as a single-CPU workstation stands in contrast to previous promotions of dual-chip systems as the workstation ideal Intel releases tools to support super-chips
Tue, 14th Nov Chip giant encourages developers to port their wares to Pentium 4 and Itanium with new compilers REVIEWS
Compaq Deskpro Workstation 300
1.4GHz Pentium 4 PC By combining a 1.4GHz Pentium 4 with 256MB of PC800 Rambus memory and a fast hard disk, you'd expect Compaq's Deskpro Workstation 300 to deliver the goods. However, in practice, its benchmarks are on a par with a Pentium III or Athlon PC running at 1GHz. Dell Dimension 8100
1.5GHz Pentium 4 PC Dell's new Dimension 8100 is powered by a 1.5GHz Pentium 4 processor supported by 128MB of PC800 Rambus memory. Although it runs mainstream applications fast enough, it's no quicker than a 1GHz Pentium III overall. COMMENTARY
Pentium 4: New chip, old problems
Mon, 20th Nov Expecting the Pentium 4 to be everything you want it to be? Prepare for a few disappointments, says Rupert Goodwins P4 willy waving
Intel's new Pentium 4 'Willamette' processor (Willy for short) will become public news: it's really not worth buying. At a clock speed of 1.5 GHz Guy Kewney says it's barely faster than a Pentium 3 at 1 GHz. Intel, in short, has a little Willy Pentium 4 makes few ripples
Intel's Pentium 4 enhances some types of graphics, but its limited advantages for business users will ensure a cool reception from corporates, says Roger Howorth. See Chips Central for daily hardware news, including interactive roadmaps for AMD, Intel and Transmeta. For complete enterprise coverage, see ZDNet UK's Enterprise Channel. Have your say instantly, and see what others have said. Click on the TalkBack button and go to the ZDNet News forum. Let the editors know what you think in the Mailroom. And read other letters. Click here for more in-depth coverage at the ZDNet UK News Specials page.

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