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Intel Pentium 4 540 (3.2E) Socket LGA 775 Processor Review

Intel Pentium 4 540 (3.2E) Socket LGA 775 Processor Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Pentium 4 3.2E LGA775 (Land Grid Array) Socket 775 processor is based on the same 0.09 micron manufacturing process as its Socket 478 Prescott cousin.
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External Mfg. Website: Intel May 11 2005   Colin Sun  
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Overclocking and conclusion

The first time we attempted to overclock the Pentium 4 540, we ran into some significant troubles. To be specific, as soon as we tried to raise the FSB speed over 216MHz, the motherboard refused to work. At this point, there were no new BIOS revisions available and we were forced to halt our overclocking experiment. The subsequent release of a newer BIOS for the board removed this apparently pre-set obstacle and we were able to properly experiment with overclocking the 540 chip.

Using the default voltage settings and raising the FSB slowly, we were able to achieve a FSB speed of 234MHz before we experienced stability problems. Raising the CPU voltage to 1.5V solved this, and we continued on to a final stable speed of 252MHz. Not bad at all. With the multipliers, this worked out to a FSB speed of 1008MHz!

The Socket 775 Intel Pentium 4 3.2E '540' that we tested in this review is based on the same 0.09 micron Prescott core that's found in Socket 478 Pentium 4 E processors. The top of the processor looks similar to the older Socket 478 Pentium 4, as Intel still uses a large copper Integrated Heatspreader (IHS) to protect the core from physical damage.

The bottom is quite different though, as it's nearly flat save for the few resistors just under the core. This makes the new Pentium 4 processor a lot tougher and less prone to damage than its predecessors, which is good news. The bad news is, of course, that motherboards just got a lot more fragile.

Overall performance of the Socket 775 Pentium 4 3.2E is good. It's a bit slower than AMD's offerings in office-based applications and gaming, but at a lower price point. As we have seen since, the Socket 775 platform is good for overclocking provided you obtain the latest BIOS updates for your motherboard. The original boards that we tested with had difficulty exceeding a FSB speed of 216MHz, but this limitation has since been bypassed.

As far as the 915P and 925X chipsets go, subsequent tests have served to differentiate the two platforms slightly, opening up a 3-5% performance advantage for the 'higher-end' 925X. Uses would be just as well served by either platform, though DDR-2 is certainly the way to go now that prices are coming down. The Socket 775 Pentium 4 540 we reviewed currently goes for about US$218, which is a decent price for this high-end 32-bit processor.

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Contents of Article: Intel Pentium 4 540
 Pg 1.  Intel Pentium 4 540 (3.2E) Socket LGA 775 Processor Review
 Pg 2.  CPU Features
 Pg 3.  Model Numbers
 Pg 4.  Intel's chipsets for Socket 775: 915P/G and 925X
 Pg 5.  The 915G/P chipset
 Pg 6.  The 925X chipset
 Pg 7.  Test setup and SysMark 2004
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2002, Super Pi
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: Sandra 2004, POVray
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: ScienceMark, CINEBENCH 2000
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: PCMark04, 3DMark2001
 Pg 12.  Benchmarks: 3DMark05, AquaMark3
 Pg 13.  Benchmarks: Comanche 4, UT2003
 Pg 14.  Benchmarks: UT2004, Doom3
 Pg 15.  — Overclocking and conclusion

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