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Intel Pentium 4 3.2GHz Extreme Edition Processor Review

Intel Pentium 4 3.2GHz Extreme Edition Processor Review  - PCSTATS
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Abstract: The most significant departure between today's Pentium 4 and tomorrow's Extreme Edition are the processors' cache sizes.
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External Mfg. Website: Intel Nov 07 2003   Chris Angelini  
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Benchmarks: PCMark 2002, Sandra 2003

PCMark 2002 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.

PCMark2002 Benchmark Results
Processor PCMarks Ranking
1. Athlon65 FX-51 7157
2. AthlonXP 3200+ 6831
3. Pentium 4 3.2GHz 7989
4. Pentium 4 3.2GHz EE 7807
5. Pentium 4 3.6GHz EE (OC'd) 8773

Memory

1 Athlon64 FX-51 11001
2. AthlonXP 3200+ 6616
3. Pentium 4 3.2GHz 10766
4. Pentium 4 3.2GHz EE 14340
5. Pentium 4 3.6GHz EE (OC'd) 15599

Oddly enough, the Pentium 4 3.2GHz outperforms the Extreme Edition variant in PC Mark's processor benchmark. Further, the Intel chips handily trounce the Athlon 64 and Athlon XP processors.

The Extreme Edition establishes a lead in the memory subsystem metric, armed with dual-channel DDR400 modules. AMD's Athlon 64 follows, equipped with similarly specified memory modules of the registered variety. Third place goes to the Pentium 4 3.2GHz, while the Athlon XP 3200+ takes a fourth place finish.

Sisoft Sandra 2003 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. Higher numbers represent better performance.

SiSoft Sandra 2003 Max Benchmark Results

Athlon64 FX-51 AthlonXP 3200+ Pentium 4 3.2GHz Pentium 4 3.2GHz EE Pentium 4 3.6GHz EE (OC'd)

Multimedia Benchmark

Integer SSE2: 12358 it/s 11817 it/s 14810 it/s 14793 it/s 16666 it/s
Floating-Point SSE2: 13577 it/s 13004 it/s 23512 it/s 23543 it/s 26414 it/s

CPU Benchmark

Dhrystone SSE2: 7700 MIPS 8252 MIPS 9787 MIPS 9726 MIPS 11356 MIPS
Whetstone SSE2: 3316/4597 MFLOPS 3308 MFLOPS 2772/6204 MFLOPS 2772/6198 MFLOPS 3119/6959 MFLOPS

Memory Benchmark

Integer SSE2: 5615 MB/s 3076 MB/s 4968 MB/s 4967 MB/s 5006 MB/s
Float SSE2: 5543 MB/s 2891 MB/s 4973 MB/s 4971 MB/s 4988 MB/s

It is very important to analyze synthetic benchmark scores with a hint of apprehension. After all, SiSoftware's benchmark description claims that its arithmetic tests derive their scores by running "some sequence of instructions." The multimedia and memory bandwidth tests should be more reliable, however, as they are based on actual benchmark tests.

Case in point: the Dhrystone test favors the Athlon XP 3200+ over AMD's Athlon 64 FX-51. On the other hand, the integer and floating-point multimedia tests demonstrate appreciable gains moving from the older K7 architecture to the newer AMD64 initiative. According to SiSoftware's documentation, the test's SSE2 code is optimized to run on Intel's Pentium 4, so it isn't surprising to see such a large deviation between the competing platforms. Hopefully, we'll see a new version of the benchmark with equal optimization at some point.

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Contents of Article: Intel Pentium 4 3.2 Extreme Edition
 Pg 1.  Intel Pentium 4 3.2GHz Extreme Edition Processor Review
 Pg 2.  Overclocking the Extreme Edition
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: Aquamark3, SuperPI
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: ScienceMark2, UT2003
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: 3DMark03, QIII Arena
 Pg 6.  — Benchmarks: PCMark 2002, Sandra 2003
 Pg 7.  Extreme Conclusions

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