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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.
 81% Rating:   
Filed under: CPU / Processors Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Intel Nov 07 2003   C. Angelini  
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Benchmarks: 3DMark03, QIII Arena

3DMark03 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 FX-51


AthlonXP 3200+

3. Pentium 4 3.2GHz 6292
4. Pentium 4 3.2GHz EE 6397
5. Pentium 4 3.6GHz EE (OC'd) 6512

Both the Pentium 4 3.2GHz Extreme Edition and Pentium 4 3.2GHz processors dominate the section of the test that employs hardware acceleration. The Athlon 64 FX-51 takes third, and is followed by the Athlon XP 3200+.

3DMark03 Benchmark Results
CPU Score 3DMarks Ranking

Athlon64 FX-51


AthlonXP 3200+

3. Pentium 4 3.2GHz 748
4. Pentium 4 3.2GHz EE 816
5. Pentium 4 3.6GHz EE (OC'd) 904

Futuremark's CPU metric consists of Game 1 and Game 3, both using software vertex shaders and a low resolution to maximize stress on the processor in question. The Athlon 64 assumes a notable advantage, followed by both of Intel's 3.2GHz Pentium 4 processors. However, pushed to 3.6GHz, the Pentium 4 Extreme Edition takes first place.

Quake III Arena

Source: ID Software

Quake III Arena is a First Person Shooter (FPS) that revolutionized gaming as we know it. Using multiple light sources and having graphics textures that can fill videocards, even after 3 years it's still able to bring a cutting edge system to its knees.

Quake III Arena Fastest 'fscrusher' custom demo, 800x600 max detail
Processor FPS Ranking
1. Athlon64 FX-51 241.8
2. AthlonXP 3200+ 197.6
3. Pentium 4 3.2GHz 233.5
4. Pentium 4 3.2GHz EE 254.6
5. Pentium 4 3.6GHz EE (OC'd) 281.0

Adding two megabytes of L3 cache to the Pentium 4 adds augments performance by nearly 10 percent in Quake III. Incidentally, that's enough to surpass the Athlon 64 FX's score, not to mention the older Athlon XP 3200+. Overclocked, the chip picks up another 10 percent, making it more than 16 percent faster than the Athlon 64 FX.

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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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