THE CHIPSET code-named Canterwood has been spoken about in hushed tones, in the right circles, since its existence was first rumored on a leaked roadmap or internal document somewhere. Core-logic chipsets may not seem too sexy to the wider world, but we hardware geeks know better. The rumored specs on this thing sounded amazing, and what's more, Intel was planning to offer products targeted for PC enthusiasts bent on wringing the best possible performance out of their PCs. Not only that, but Canterwood would be Intel's first chance to counter AMD's upcoming processor platform, Athlon 64.
As you know, AMD's Athlon 64 didn't quite make it out the door. It's pushed back until this fall while AMD works out some manufacturing snags. But Intel appears to be right on schedule. Just over a week ago, a Canterwood sample platform arrived at Damage Labs, ready for testing. Naturally, we rounded up every competitor we could and put Canterwood through its paces. We've also thrown in AMD's latest and greatest, the Athlon XP 3000+, to see how it measures up to Intel's latest. Read on to see what we found.