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Intel Pentium 4 3.2GHz Extreme Edition Processor Review

Intel Pentium 4 3.2GHz Extreme Edition Processor Review  - PCSTATS
Abstract: The most significant departure between today's Pentium 4 and tomorrow's Extreme Edition are the processors' cache sizes.
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Filed under: CPU / Processors Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Intel Nov 07 2003   C. Angelini  
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Benchmarks: Aquamark3, SuperPI

AquaMark3 Source: Massive Development

AquaMark3 is a powerful tool to determine reliable information about the gaming performance of a computer system. Because the benchmark extensively utilizes DirectX9, DirectX8 and DirectX7 functionality, it represents the requirements of typical gaming applications in 2003 and 2004.

AquaMark 3 - Processor - Benchmark Results
Processor Points Ranking
1. Athlon65 FX-51 10023
2. AthlonXP 3200+ 7843
3. Pentium 4 3.2GHz 10632
4. Pentium 4 3.2GHz EE 11141
5. Pentium 4 3.6GHz EE (OC'd) 12025
AquaMark 3 - Graphics - Benchmark Results
Graphics Points Ranking
1. Athlon65 FX-51 5439
2. AthlonXP 3200+ 5367
3. Pentium 4 3.2GHz 5346
4. Pentium 4 3.2GHz EE 5349
5. Pentium 4 3.6GHz EE (OC'd) 5334

Each platform scores similarly in AquaMark's graphics test - at least within a margin of error for the metric. On the other hand, Intel's Pentium 4 Extreme Edition dominates the processor test, outpacing both the Pentium 4 3.2GHz and AMD's new Athlon 64 FX-51. Nevertheless, we still see a 30 percent discrepancy between the Athlon 64 and Athlon XP.

SuperPI Source: SuperPI

SuperPI calculates the number PI to 1 Million digits in this raw number crunching benchmark. The benchmark is fairly diverse and allows the user to change the number of digits of PI that can be calculated from 16 Thousand to 32 Million. The benchmark, which uses 19 iterations in the test, is set 1 Million digits. Lower numbers denote faster calculation times (seconds), and hence, better performance.

Super PI (1 Million digits) Benchmark Results (Lower is better)
Processor Seconds Ranking
1. Athlon64 FX-51 38
2. AthlonXP 3200+ 46
3. Pentium 4 3.2GHz 43
4. Pentium 4 3.2GHz EE 40
5. Pentium 4 3.6GHz EE (OC'd) 36

Super PI measures the amount of time taken to calculate the constant PI to a million digits. Because the result is measured in seconds, small numbers are better and the Athlon 64 FX-51 boasts the lowest score (unless you're counting the overclocked Pentium 4 Extreme Edition, which we'd discourage against). Intel's Pentium 4 Extreme Edition takes second place, followed in kind by the vanilla 3.2GHz part.

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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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