For months, the news has been all about breaking the gigahertz barrier. But now several new processors from Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. ratchet clock speed back a notch--and chop the price by a bunch. Usually, processor clock speeds (and prices) march in only one direction: forward. The Kingdom Royale PIII-933 and the CyberMax Enthusiast K7-950 did perform slightly slower than the 1-GHz systems we've tested, but the difference is unnoticeable for most everyday business applications--and these systems cost far less than those with gigahertz processors. The gigahertz systems competing for chart positions cost an average of US$3425, while the CyberMax and the Kingdom cost more than $1000 less.
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