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Intel Pentium 4 3.2GHz-C 800MHz FSB Processor Review

Intel Pentium 4 3.2GHz-C 800MHz FSB Processor Review - PCSTATS
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Abstract: The P4 3.2C, like the other 'C-class' processors, runs on a 800 MHz FSB Northword core.
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External Mfg. Website: Intel Oct 23 2003   Colin Sun  
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Intel Pentium4 3.2GHz C Processor Review

If you're looking for a sure bet, Intel is as good as it comes. As a company, Intel never seems to lose money, and when it does the coffers are large enough to keep big blue out of the red. There's a good reason why Intel is respected, and held in a very unique regard by the computer industry and average user alike. Simply put, Intel has the power to drive the economy, to set technology trends, and to change the direction of desktop computing virtually overnight.

Intel has been making microprocessors for the last 30-odd years, and that lead has allowed them to set the tone for virtually every other IC manufacturer in the world.

The last two years has been a roller coaster ride for the Pentium 4 processor. From the relatively weak Williamette 1.5 GHz P4 was released, to the powerhouse Northwood P4 3.2 GHz processor, it has been quite an adventure.

With the "Prescott" core just around the corner, with potentially the "Pentium 5" name attached, but not quite ready to be released, there could be no better time to release the new Intel Pentium 4 3.2C - a 3.2GHz microprocessor.

This was done for several reasons, but mainly to take over top pricing spot from the 3.0C which has been around since May. Keeping pressure on AMD is always just a side benefit. The P4 3.2C, like the other 'C-class' processors, runs on a 800 MHz FSB Northword core. Architecturally it's identical to the P4 3.0C PCstats reviewed previously, and even the lowly P4 1.6A!

The Intel 3.2GHz C Pentium 4 processor runs on an 800MHz FSB.

The Pentium 4 3.2C uses the same FC-PGA2 form factor as previous Socket 478 processors, and while I love the IHS (Integrated Heat Spreader) the pins on the bottom are fragile and tend to get bent pretty easily. None the less you're going to want to be very careful when handling the processor.

The P4 3.2C is based on the new D1 revision of the Northwood core and the default voltage has been raised to 1.55V from 1.525V (C1 and 1.5V for the original B0).

All Pentium 4 processors running on a 200 MHz FSB have HyperThreading enabled (including the 2.4C, 2.6C and 2.8C) and as we discussed earlier in our The Basics of HyperThreading: What is it? article, HyperThreading like has potential to revolutionize the way microprocessors function.

While I'm not going to dwell too deep into HyperThreading in this review, it in a nut shell allows the processor to work on two independent threads (instructions are called threads) at the same time while utilizing the free idling execution units with the CPU. Now, on with the benchmarks!

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Contents of Article: Intel 3.2GHz
 Pg 1.  — Intel Pentium 4 3.2GHz-C 800MHz FSB Processor Review
 Pg 2.  System Spec's and Benchmarks
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: SuperPi, POVray
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: ScienceMark 2.0, SiSoft Sandra
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: PCMark2002, 3DMark2001
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: AquaMark3, Quake III Arena
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: UT2003, Conclusions

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