I have just done a bit of research before ordering my new computer from multivision.co.uk. I ordered the 2700+ AMD and realized that it wasn't quite 2.7 GHz but was supposed to perform up to a 2.7GHz P4.
Here is the problem...the Athlon 2600+ is 2.13GHz and the 2700+ is 2.17GHz. There is no way on this earth that a 2700+ or a 2600+ could match up to its P4 counterpart. The difference in 0.04 GHz of an athlon can't possibly be equivalent of 1GHz of a P4. This is just an excuse for being well behind in the R+D on chip speeds. I am seriously considering changing my system around and getting a P4 instead.
It would be interesting to hear what you all have to say