Chief: WTF? You look at the reviews and benchmarks! A 1.x gig machine is way way faster than an 800mhz one. Okay a 1.6ghz machine might not quite be twice as fast (probably around 1.8x as fast) as a 800mhz machine, but there is definate speed advantages in a faster clock speed for a given processor. I do see your point though about comparing clock speeds of DIFFERENT processors. The 1.5ghz P.IV is about equal in performance to a 1.2ghz Athlon, and about twice the price.
Also the reason there is no apparent difference between the PIII and PIV in SOME tests is that the PIV is not brilliant at running legacy applications (especially those that use x87 floating point stuff). However, you will find that applications written for the P.IV will kick the PIII's ass. Will they be written is a diff story.
Whether there is any software that can take advantage of the extra speed is another story also.
Current reviews of the Pentium IV @ 1.7ghz mention that the CPU never got hot enough in ANY of their tests that clock throttling took over. So I wouldn't be worried about that unless you're running without a heat sink and fan.
And no, I'm not an Intel fan. I think that the P.IV is piece of crap, and the AMD chips are a much much better investment.
Last edited by Blackbird; 04-26-2001 at 07:07 AM.