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Athlon XP/2600+: Internet performance

Page renderingThanks to new chipset updates and BIOS optimisations, the Pentium 4 is now faster at rendering HTML pages than the Athlon XP processors.The 2.
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Page rendering
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.

JavaScript
Intel processors lag behind AMD’s chips when rendering Internet pages with JavaScript. Even the 2.53GHz Pentium 4 with PC1066 Rambus memory cannot match the performance of the Athlon XP processors.


The new W3C consortium specification for creating HTML pages with JavaScript shows the Intel chips in a better light. Here, the 2.53GHz Pentium 4 with PC1066 Rambus memory can at least keep up with the Athlon XP/2200+. However, the new Athlon XP/2600+ is faster than Intel’s flagship processor.

When rendering XML pages with JavaScript, AMD’s processors are again clearly faster than Intel’s flagship CPU.

Flash, Shockwave
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.














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