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Intel Pentium 4 1.7 GHz Processor Review
Intel Pentium 4 1.7 GHz Processor Review - PCSTATS
Socket 423 users have little options open to them for getting more 'horse power' under their hood.
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External Mfg. Website: Intel Sep 20 2001   C. Sun  
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Intel Pentium 4 1.7 GHz Processor Review

People who jumped on the Pentium 4 bandwagon early got stuck using the Socket 423 form factor and probably have a CPU that is sub 1.5 GHz. Socket 423 users have little options open to them for getting more 'horse power' under their hood. With an obsolete formfactor socket 423 owners have virtually been left out in the cold with no where to go. Even though moving from 1.5GHz to the Pentium 4 1.7 GHz it's not much of an upgrade in terms of raw MHz, this is a decent performing chip and is the best value CPU of the Socket 423 based P4's.

For just under $300 CDN you can pick up a Pentium 4 1.7 GHz CPU, and considering that the 1.8 GHz version is $70 CDN more, the performance difference is negligible. As we all know, with the introduction of the Pentium 4 Intel has done many radical things with the core. Most notably is the pipeline extension. The P4 has a 20 stage pipeline which is double what the Pentium 3 had. This was done because with a 20 stage pipeline, clock speed could be pushed much further. However, the penalty for this is that far less work is done per clock cycle. In a sense, they've sacrificed work for clock speed. While generally we don't believe in lowering the workload of a CPU to get more raw MHz, the P4 has matured quite well.

As you can see, the Socket 423 Pentium 4 is huge. Covering the P4 die is a large heat spreader which protects the core from damage and is a great idea even though in general Intel doesn't have the same problem as AMD does with their weak cores. It's nice to see a company take the extra step in protecting their products. Another handy feature the P4 has built into the core is a Thermal throttling feature. When it was first discovered, there was quite an uproar, however after the dust settled and people came to their senses everyone pretty much agreed that it's a good feature. After all, if the CPU is overheating, why not slow it down so it doesn't burn out?

Since all Socket 423 Pentium 4's are based on the Williamette core, we weren't too enthusiastic about the overclockability of the CPU and we were pretty much on the ball here. We were only able to garner a 187 MHz overclock out of the chip which brought the total speed of the CPU to 1.89 GHz. Not the best overclock, but then again it's free so we shouldn't complain. The chip was manufactured in Costa Rica and the S-Code is SL57W.

test system specs:

computer hardware:


pentium 4 1.7 ghz

Clock Speed : 17 x 100MHz = 1.7 GHz
17 x 111MHz = 1.89 GHz
Motherboard: MSI 850Pro2



MSI GeForce 3 Ti500 (MS-8850)

Sound Card: N/A
Network Card:



2x 128MB Samsung PC800 RDRAM

Hard Drive: 80 GB Samsung HDD
CDROM: Panasonic 48x CD-ROM CR-594-B

Panasonic 1.44MB Floppy Drive


Neng Tyi

PowerSupply: Antec 400W PSU
Software Setup Windows 2000 Pro + SP2
Intel INF's 3.20
DetonatorXP 22.80
DirectX 8.1

SysMark 2001
Business Winstone 2001
Content Creation 2001
SPECviewperf 6.1.2
SiSoft Sandra 2002 Pro
3DMark2001 SE
Quake III Arena

BAPCO Sysmark 2001 Source:MadOnion / BAPco

SYSmark2001 uses real world applications concurrently as an accurate way to test the system by following patterns that reflect the way real users work. SYSmark2001's workloads accurately represent today's updated business usage model. The benchmark runs at a realistic execution speed, with think times between application interactions, in order to emulate a desktop user's interaction with the operating system and applications. Higher numbers denote better performance.

BapCo SysMark 2001 Benchmark Results
Internet Content (FSB/Memory) Sysmarks Ranking
1. Pentium 4 1.7 GHz 191
2 Pentium 4 1.89 GHz (oc'ed) 195

Office Productivity (FSB/Memory)

1. Pentium 4 1.7 GHz 133
2. Pentium 4 1.89 GHz (oc'ed) 151

It looks like the P4 1.7 GHz can hold it's own in the Internet Content portion of SysMark2001 pretty well, those scores are about what I would expect however Office productivity is just horrible. Even when the processor is overclocked, the performance isn't that great.

Winstone 2001 Source: Zdnet

Content Creation Winstone 2001 keeps multiple applications open at once and switches among those applications. Content Creation Winstone 2001's activities focus on what we call "hot spots," periods of activity that make your PC really work--the times where you're likely to see an hourglass or a progress bar.

Business Winstone is a system-level, application-based benchmark that measures a PC's overall performance when running today's Windows-based 32-bit applications on Windows 98 ME, Windows NT 4.0 (SP6 or later), Windows 2000, Windows Me, or Windows XP which runs real applications through a series of scripted activities and uses the time a PC takes to complete those activities to produce its performance scores.

Winstone 2001 Benchmark Results
Content Creation (FSB/Memory) Scores Ranking
1. Pentium 4 1.7 GHz 63
2 Pentium 4 1.89 GHz (oc'ed) 69.3

Business Winstone (FSB/Memory)

1 Pentium 4 1.7 GHz 47.1
2. Pentium 4 1.89 GHz (oc'ed) 50.1

The P4 doesn't fair too well here in these benchmarks then again none of the software used in either Winstone's take advantage of SSE2 which would really boost performance if code was written for it.

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