Performance: XP 3000+ is clearly capable of keeping up with the P4 3.06. The extra cache that comes with the Barton core will only boost performance as AMD continues to increase clock speed.
Overclocking: Given that the XP 3000+ was able to scale to 2.47GHz reliably, it would appear that this line of chips is going to be great for overclockers. Moreover, it shows that AMD has a decent amount of headroom left in the core, which can only be a good thing.
Price: This is obviously one of the most expensive chips we've seen from AMD in quite some time, making it far less attractive than other chips. Despite the fact that it is still slightly lower than the P4 3.06, it's not going to be as hot a ticket as it would be if it were priced say $100 lower.
The additional cache has provided AMD with a small boost in performance but not enough to truly be labeled the definitive performance leader. Looking to the future, Intel is preparing to launch it's 800MHz P4s alongside their Springdale and Canterwood chipsets which support dual-channel DDR400.
One has to wonder how AMD is going to contend with this given the small boosts we've seen here today. While the Barton definitely establishes parity for AMD and puts them back in the game, it's going to take a Hammer to really turn things around.
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