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An article posted on The Register last weekend has highlighted the hype mill in the industry over future K7 performance. After we posted comparisons between the K7/500 and the Pentium III, allegedly from an Acer engineer, we contacted AMD for clarification on performance. Our story drew an unprecedented number of readers but many cast doubt on the veracity of the figures. Now, we have received a response from an executive at AMD US, which will only add fuel to that fire. Said Drew Prairie, a marketing and communications executive: "Any supposed "leaked" benchmarks would be rumor or speculation -- something I can't comment on officially. When we release official benchmarks, I'll make sure the numbers are sent to you." The statement is set to increase anticipation in the market place. Intel engineers have stated that they are "disappointed" so far by figures they have heard. So it seems we're going to have to take the old route to news stories and contact PC customers of AMD which do have samples. Await an update. Meanwhile, Ace's Hardware Page has written an article about the K7 in the enterprise, which follows up on our own analysis posted yesterday. Newer readers to The Register might also like to take a look at this story we published in January, which has slides outlining the AMD K7's part in the Alpha scheme of things. (Story: Samsung Linux plans emerge as Alpha and K7 take shape) ®

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