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Dell Dimension 2400 System Review

Dell Dimension 2400 System Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Dimension 2400 is a budget home/office system based on Intel's i845GV chipset, and houses a Celeron 2.4Ghz processor (in the model we tested) or a Pentium 4 up to 2.8 GHz.
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Filed under: Computer / SFF PCs Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Dell Jul 13 2004   Mike Dowler  
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Benchmarks: Sandra, PCmark 2002/4, 3DMark2001

SiSoft Sandra 2004 Source: Sandra

Sandra is designed to test the theoretical power of a complete system and individual components. The numbers taken though are again, purely theoretical and may not represent real world performance.

Sisoft Sandra 2004 Benchmark Results
Multimedia Benchmark CPU Benchmark Memory Benchmark
Processors Integer SSE2: Floating-Point SSE2: Dhrystone SSE2: Whetstone SSE2: Integer SSE2: Float SSE2:

Dell Dimension 2400

14779 17477 5988 1744 FPU / 3213 SSE2 1565 1592

Units:

it/s it/s MIPS MFLOPS MB/s MB/s

Again we see middle of the road scores, except for the low memory results. The DDR memory in the Dimension 2400 is transferring data at a slow 200MHz to synch with the 400Mhz Celeron processor, so these low scores are not surprising. This performance hitch is the main reason that Celerons are much cheaper than full-fledged Intel Pentium 4 processors.

PCMark 2002/2004 Source: FutureMark

PCMark can be used on desktop PC's, Laptops and even Workstations and tests everyday computing from home to office usage. PCMark specifically stresses the CPU, memory subsystem, graphics subsystem, hard drives, WindowsXP GUI (if WinXP is used), video performance and even laptop batteries.

PCMark 2002 - Benchmark Results
Dell Dimension 2400 PCMarks Ranking
Processor 5199
Memory 3295
Hard Drive 809

Not bad scores for the CPU here, but the memory benchmark is very low by today's standards. Not surprising, considering the Celeron's slow 400Mhz FSB speed. Modern 800MHz bus P4 systems can expect to see scores over 9000 in this memory test.

PCMark 2004 - Benchmark Results
Dell Dimension 2400 PCMarks Ranking
Processor 2720
Memory 1833
Hard Drive 3341
Graphics 450
Overall 2076

For comparison purposes, we put these results next to those of a Pentium4 'C' 3Ghz setup we had recently benchmarked, equipped with the latest 800MHz front side bus. The P4 machine about doubled the Dimension 2400 in the CPU test, which was pretty much as expected, but the real blow was the memory performance. The Celeron's internal 400MHz bus communicates with the memory at 200Mhz, as opposed to the 400Mhz that newer Intel and AMD chips achieve. The P4 system achieved memory scores about 3 times as fast as those of the Celeron-powered Dimension 2400. Hard drive scores were about the same, indicating that the performance issues we experienced were largely attributable to the processor choice.

3DMark2001 Source: FutureMark

By combining DirectX8 support with completely new graphics, it continues to provide good overall system benchmarks. 3DMark2001 SE has been created in cooperation with the major 3D accelerator and processor manufacturers to provide a reliable set of diagnostic tools. The suite demonstrates 3D gaming performance by using real-world gaming technology to test a system's true performance abilities. Tests include: DirectX8 Vertex Shaders, Pixel Shaders and Point Sprites, DOT3 and Environment Mapped Bump Mapping, support for Full Scene Anti-aliasing and Texture Compression and two game tests using Ipion real-time physics. Higher 3DMark scores denote better performance.

3DMark2001 Benchmark Results
Motherboard 3DMarks Ranking

Dell Dimension 2400

1191

The Extreme chipset does do 3D graphics, just not particularly well. 3D games from a few years ago, such as Counterstrike or the original Rainbow 6 should play just fine, as this 3DMark score indicates.

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Contents of Article: Dell Dimension 2400
 Pg 1.  Dell Dimension 2400 System Review
 Pg 2.  Installed software and features
 Pg 3.  Inside the computer
 Pg 4.  Limited expansion room
 Pg 5.  Monitor and Accessories
 Pg 6.  Other bits and pieces
 Pg 7.  Benchmarking and Testing Results
 Pg 8.  — Benchmarks: Sandra, PCmark 2002/4, 3DMark2001
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: 3Dmark03, Aquamark3

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