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To the Swift

The race for more PC clock speed continues, leaving a confusing array of chip choices-and cheaper prices-in its wake.

This story appears in the January 2002 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Say goodbye to Intel's Pentium III and all desktop computers with speeds measured in megahertz. They're getting unceremoniously elbowed aside this quarter to make room for a spate of new models powered by 1GHz-plus versions of the Pentium 4 and AMD Athlon processors.

It took us 19 years to get to 1GHz but only 18 months to get to 2GHz-and Intel is already talking 3.5GHz. And clock speed is only one way the chip giants are driving performance for a mind-boggling array of new desktop configurations.

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