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Intel Pentium 4 3.2E GHz Prescott Processor Review

Intel Pentium 4 3.2E GHz Prescott Processor Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Remember back in November of 2000 when the 1.5GHz Pentium 4 first came to light?
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Filed under: CPU / Processors Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Intel Feb 01 2004   C. Angelini  
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Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, PCMark04

PC Magazine Business Winstone 2004 Source: Zdnet

Business Winstone 2002 is a system-level, application-based benchmark that measures a PC's overall performance when running today's top-selling Windows-based 32-bit applications on Windows 98, Windows 2000 (SP6 or later), Windows Me, or Windows XP. Business Winstone doesn't mimic what these packages do; it 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.

Business Winstone 2004 Benchmark Results
Processor Score Ranking
Athlon64 3200+ 22.5
Athlon64 3400+ 23.3
Athlon64 FX-51 23.2
Pentium4 3.2GHz Extreme Edition 23.0
Pentium4 3.2GHz Northwood 22.5
Pentium4 3.2GHz Prescott 22.4

Although the Pentium 4 is known for coursing through media applications, its alacrity with integer code is a little less celebrated. Despite an improved architecture, the Prescott core is still outperformed by its predecessor, quite likely a consequence of the longer execution pipeline. AMD actually sweeps Business Winstone 2004 with the Athlon 64 FX-51 and Athlon 64 3400+, placing first and second place, respectively.

PC Magazine Content Creation Winstone 2004 Source: Zdnet

Content Creation Winstone 2002 is a system-level, application-based benchmark that measures a PC's overall performance when running top, Windows-based, 32-bit, content creation applications on Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows Me, or Windows XP.

Content Creation Winstone 2004 Benchmark Results
Processor Score Ranking
Athlon64 3200+ 29.2
Athlon64 3400+ 30.8
Athlon64 FX-51 32.3
Pentium4 3.2GHz Extreme Edition 30.7
Pentium4 3.2GHz Northwood 29.9
Pentium4 3.2GHz Prescott 30.1

The situation improves slightly in Content Creation 2004, where Prescott manages to best the comparably clocked Northwood core. Both processors are also able to outpace AMD's Athlon 64 3200+, which trails only slightly. The 3.2GHz Extreme Edition succumbs to both AMD's Athlon 64 FX-51 and its Athlon 64 3400+

Futuremark PCMark04 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, video performance and even laptop batteries.

PCMark2004 Benchmark Results
CPU PCMarks Ranking
Athlon64 3200+ 3802
Athlon64 3400+ 4168
Athlon64 FX-51 Failed
Pentium4 3.2GHz Extreme Edition 4936
Pentium4 3.2GHz Northwood 4902
Pentium4 3.2GHz Prescott 4926
Memory PCMarks Ranking
Athlon64 3200+ 3646
Athlon64 3400+ 3862
Athlon64 FX-51 5564
Pentium4 3.2GHz Extreme Edition 5166
Pentium4 3.2GHz Northwood 4718
Pentium4 3.2GHz Prescott 5059

PCMark04 is the latest synthetic benchmark from Futuremark. Whereas real-world metrics are intended to convey the performance you can expect in a given application, synthetic tests like these push harder a bit further, testing its theoretical limits. As you can see in the overall score, Prescott edges out the Northwood core. Interestingly, each and every Intel processor lays waste to the AMD64 line. When you take into consideration how the Athlon family has performed up until now, its hard to weigh these results heavily.

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Contents of Article: Intel Pentium 4 3.2E
 Pg 1.  Intel Pentium 4 3.2E GHz Prescott Processor Review
 Pg 2.  Prescott's new SSE3 Instructions
 Pg 3.  Prescott Compatibility and Heat Levels
 Pg 4.  — Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, PCMark04
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: 3DMark03, Sandra 2004
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: X2: The Threat, Comanche 4
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: UT2003, SuperPI
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: ScienceMark2, QIII Arena
 Pg 9.  Conclusions on Prescott and POVray 3.5

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