An unnamed correspondent writes: "It looks like Tom's Hardware Guide has been busy with the P4. This time a re-compiled version of the MPEG encoder (the same one they benchmarked with in the last article) shows the P4 doing really well. Also interesting is the performance boost that even the PIII and Athlon procs get from the Intel compiler. Take a look at the article here." Seems that as usual, benchmarks are what you make of them. The P4 apparently can perform much better than initial tests have shown. Tom Pabst makes some good (if fawning) points about the complexity and fairness of benchmarking in general, too.