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Intel Pentium D 940 3.2GHz Dual Core Processor Review

Intel Pentium D 940 3.2GHz Dual Core Processor Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Built on Intel's 65 nanometer manufacturing process and with two physical processing cores running at 3.2 GHz each, backed up by 2MB of L2 cache, the socket 775 chip certainly makes quite a splash.
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External Mfg. Website: Intel Jul 25 2006   Colin Sun  
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65nm Pentium D 940 - a step in the right direction?

Intel's second generation of dual core processors is much better than its first. The 65 nanometer Presler core is still quite an energy hog, but it doesn't produce as much heat and thanks to the larger L2 cache, is clock for clock faster than the Intel Pentium D 800 series processors.

The massive Presler core contains an impressive 376 million transistors and runs off an 800 MHz Front Side Bus. The Intel Pentium D 940 processor that PCSTATS tested in this review contains all the usual features; EMT64 technology, NX bit, Hardware Virtualization and Intel's EIST. The retail processor also comes with a nice quiet heatsink.

As you've seen from the 32-bit and 64-bit benchmark sets, the performance of the Intel Pentium D 940 processor was good, but not top of the line. It is faster than the Pentium D 840 model in most situations. If given a choice, gamers definitely should go for a 900-series Pentium D, the extra L2 cache can make quite a difference! The Intel Pentium D 940 is not able to match AMD's best dual core Athlon64 chipset in terms of performance, but then again this processor only retails for $245 CDN ($215 USD, £116 GBP) which is about a quarter what the AMD Athlon64 FX-62 currently sells for.

With the heat related issues under control, the Intel Pentium D 940 was a decent overclocker as well. The processor was bought locally so it should give users an idea at what to shoot for. This was all done with regular air cooling, just imagine the possibilities with water or phase change cooling, 5 GHz?

The Intel Pentium D 940 is the ideal processor for a Socket 775 user who's looking to upgrade. The 2MB L2 cache gives it a performance boost over the Pentium D 800-series, and the smaller 65nm manufacturing process means less noise and heat to deal with. If you're looking to assemble a completely new system, you might want to sidestep the Intel Pentium D 940 chip completely and get yourself a next generation 'Conroe' based Intel Core2 Duo E6000-series processor instead (it's a 1066MHz FSB bus, so your motherboard will need to support it). In any case, the Intel Pentium D 940 is a step in the right direction for Intel.

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Contents of Article: Intel Pentium D 940
 Pg 1.  Intel Pentium D 940 3.2GHz Dual Core Processor Review
 Pg 2.  Intel Dual Core Technology
 Pg 3.  Quiet LGA775 Thermal Solution
 Pg 4.  Overclocking the 3.2GHz chip
 Pg 5.  Pure 32 bit Benchmarks: Sysmark 2004
 Pg 6.  Pure 32 bit Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra 2005
 Pg 7.  Pure 32-Bit Benchmarks: Maya Render Test, Super Pi
 Pg 8.  Pure 32-Bit Benchmarks: PCMark05
 Pg 9.  Pure 32-Bit Benchmarks: 3DMark05
 Pg 10.  Pure 32-Bit Benchmarks: 3DMark06
 Pg 11.  Pure 32-Bit Benchmarks: Doom 3
 Pg 12.  Pure 32-Bit Benchmarks: Quake 4
 Pg 13.  Pure 32-Bit Benchmarks: FarCry
 Pg 14.  Pure 32-Bit Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 15.  64 Bit Benchmarks: ScienceMark 2
 Pg 16.  64 Bit Benchmarks: Mini-GZip, DiVX Encoding
 Pg 17.  Multi-Threaded Benchmarks: 3DMark05
 Pg 18.  Multi-Threaded Benchmarks: Doom 3
 Pg 19.  Multi-Threaded Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 20.  — 65nm Pentium D 940 - a step in the right direction?

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