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Subject: [aclug-L] Re: Walmart $200 PC
From: flimzy@xxxxxxxxxx
Date: Wed, 4 Sep 2002 15:45:11 -0500 (CDT)
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No, you have it wrong.

An 800Mhz C3 runs at 800Mhz clock speed, but performs like a 500Mhz
Pentium II. Your claim that it "runs at 500Mhz but performs like an 800Mhz
Pentium" is completely backwards.  Furthermore, your claim that VIA is
advertising a "performance rating" is completely unfounded, from what I
can tell.  VIA's web page talks specifically about clock speeds.  Nowhere
does it claim to run faster than a Pentium--and it especially doesn't name
the CPUs on a "performance rating" as AMD has once again started doing.
Besides, speed is not VIA's selling point.  Their selling point, as I
mentioned in my last mail, is cool-running CPUs.
Visit for more information.

As for the P4 lawsuit... I hadn't heard about that.  I'm interested what
the grounds for the lawsuit is.  Although such a lawsuit is unrelated to
how VIA advertises their CPUs :)
And a final note... it's pretty impossible and impracticle to have a
single way to rate the power of a CPU... because there are so many aspects
to a CPU.
Just as it's impossible to rate the "power" of an automobile to another
across the board, or the "power" of a human.
One car may have better gas mileage, and another may be able to haul more
One person may be physically stronger, or be better at arethmetic, and
another have more physical endurance and be better at singing.
How do you decide which vehicle or person is "more powerful"?  You can't.

-- Jonathan

> I think that you are thinking of the older 'VIA' chips.. the newer
> Via-C3 chips are "Performance Rated" like the newer AMD XP CPU's ...
> The 'VIA' chips really run at a slower mhz than their rated speed.
> So while a 800mhz VIA may run at 500mhz bus speed it is able to run the
> same software at the same speed as an Intel 800mhz chip would run the
> same software package.
> If you had not heard.. there is now a law suite against Intel for false
> advertising of the mhz speeds of their current 'P4' CPU's.
> I just wished that there was a true way to rate the power if CPU's!
> --David

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