despite the fact that the original introduction of the K7 came
with prices far in excess of Intels and now the situation has
truly reversed as competition grows. The question is, how long
will it be before Intel catches on (if ever, they have a history
of high prices). Current score:- AMD  = INTEL .
saying goes that Intel is better because it's well supported
and everything runs with it, so you'd naturally assume that
stability would be in their pockets as well. Yet surprisingly
it isn't, unlike past designs AMD have somehow developed a super
stable design with their K7, almost remarkably so. Previously
my Win98 based Intel systems would crash perhaps at least once
a day. Not uncommon when you have 40Gbs of space, 200 apps and
30 odd games installed along with a ton of graphics, sound and
the Athlon based (others are varying coppermines) systems we
have crash perhaps once every two weeks, why? We have no idea.
I've tried system after system and haven't re-installed Windows98
for a full year because it's so stable under the K7. You'd have
expected problems by now, the internal hardware has changed
at least three times before completely (Motherboards, CPUs..
everything). Yet the K7 is the most stable chip we have EVER
Three of our friendly participants who helped us research this
article agree, they were all tech nuts with the latest from
both sides of the war and found AMD's K7 to be the most stable.
So quite what has happened between the K6-2/3 and the K7 is
anybody's guess because the K6's were as unstable as Intel's.
Current score:- AMD  = INTEL .