It's a success story like no other. After four years of competition between Intel and AMD, the small Texas-based chip manufacturer was able to cast a shadow of doubt on Intel's dominance with its own Athlon processor. And this has been the case till now.
In those days, fast versions of the Athlon, Slot A versions followed each other in quick succession. 700, 800, 900 MHz - and, as a matter of fact, Intel reached the magic 1 GHz number only shortly after AMD. What a disgrace for the market leader! To make matters worse, AMD attained its goal with a CPU that was based on an external cache unit. Intel, by contrast, launched the Pentium III Coppermine at an early date and initially integrated the L2 cache on the die.
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