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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: 3DMark03, Sandra 2004

Futuremark 3DMark03 (v.340) Source: FutureMark

This new accurate diagnostic tool, designed for DirectX9.0, provides you with all the information you need to make informed hardware assessments. Havok Total real-time physics library from Havok - these routines are used to accurately model the movements of objects due to forces, etc. FMOD sound library from Firelight Technologies - these are used for the various sound effects and routines used in the tests. Graphics adapter analysis software from Powerstrip of Entech Taiwan - this is used to correctly determine the speeds of the graphics processing and video memory chips, plus supply additional hardware information. Higher 3DMark03 scores denote better performance.

3DMark03 Benchmark Results
Video Card 3DMarks Ranking
Athlon64 3200+ 6196
Athlon64 3400+ 6260
Athlon64 FX-51 6310
Pentium4 3.2GHz Extreme Edition 6657
Pentium4 3.2GHz Northwood 6516
Pentium4 3.2GHz Prescott 6608

Futuremark's synthetic graphics test reflects the same results as PCMark04; mainly, Prescott beats out Northwood by a very narrow margin, and all of the Pentium 4 processors outrun AMD's lineup. The situation changes in the raw processor benchmark, however.

3DMark03 Benchmark Results
CPU Score 3DMarks Ranking
Athlon64 3200+ 880
Athlon64 3400+ 938
Athlon64 FX-51 986
Pentium4 3.2GHz Extreme Edition 909
Pentium4 3.2GHz Northwood 786
Pentium4 3.2GHz Prescott 825

AMD's Athlon 64 FX-51 takes a first-place finish, followed by the Athlon 64 3400+. Intel's 3.2GHz Pentium 4 Extreme Edition takes third, the Athlon 64 3200+ clenches fourth, and the Prescott comes in fifth.

SiSoft Sandra 2004 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 2004 Benchmark Results
Multimedia Benchmark CPU Benchmark Memory Benchmark
Processors Integer SSE2: Floating-Point SSE2: Dhrystone SSE2: Whetstone SSE2: Integer SSE2: Float SSE2:
Athlon64 3200+ 15022 19835 8383 4152 3067 3067
Athlon64 3400+ 16507 21824 9251 4564 3071 3072
Athlon64 FX-51 16819 22199 9414 4633 5860 5795
Pentium4 3.2GHz Extreme Edition 24546 35406 9858 7140 4673 4673
Pentium4 3.2GHz Northwood 24564 35562 9836 7120 4757 4709
Pentium4 3.2GHz Prescott 22650 30361 8753 6615 4865 4867


it/s it/s MIPS MFLOPS MB/s MB/s

Maybe it's because SiSoft Sandra 2004 wasn't compiled explicitly with Prescott in mind, but SiSoftware's latest synthetic benchmark doesn't paint the new core in a good light at all. First, Northwood beats it in the arithmetic tests by about 12 percent. It goes on to lose the multimedia test as well, losing to both the Northwood and Gallatin cores. AMD's Athlon 64 has never done well in the Sandra processor tests, a trend that continues here, but the Athlon 64 FX's integrated memory controller really shines, nearly tipping the 6GB per second mark.

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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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