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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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External Mfg. Website: Intel Nov 07 2003   C. Angelini  
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Extreme Conclusions

It doesn't matter exactly how the Pentium 4 Extreme Edition came about - whether it was a reactionary maneuver to counter AMD's Athlon64 or if Intel's attitude towards enthusiasts is genuinely changing.

Perhaps it's a stopgap solution until the 'Prescott' core is readied; maybe Intel will continue manufacturing Extreme Edition processors. Nobody really knows. However, the fact remains that Intel recognizes a market for high-end processors targeted at power users. AMD's Athlon 64 FX-51 is the pioneer in this market (AMD did unlock its flagship processors for easy access to overclocking controls, after all); however, Intel's willingness to compete on the same battlefield promises to ignite a rivalry of epic proportions.

According to representatives at Intel, system builders will be the first to receive Pentium 4 Extreme Edition processors at some point in November. Incidentally, it's a bit early to get excited about the Extreme Edition. Boxed processors were originally scheduled to appear early next year, but a recent exchange with Intel suggests we might see the chips appear prior to Christmas.

Until then, AMD occupies the performance throne with its pricey Athlon 64 FX. It is the fastest processor in the majority of our benchmarks, and it holds a lot of potential for higher operating frequencies through simple BIOS adjustments. It comes at a price, though, requiring a new processor, motherboard, and memory. And thus, it isn't easy to wholeheartedly recommend the platform. We expect a Socket 939 interface to materialize mid-way through next year that will replace the current Socket 940 design. Along with standard DDR400 memory support, the new socket will replace incompatible 940-pin processors. Fortunately, the Socket 754 Athlon 64 is another speedy alternative from AMD. It's cheaper, too.

When it does finally arrive, Intel's Pentium 4 Extreme Edition will play second fiddle to the Athlon 64 FX. That it will work with existing Socket 478 boards and memory modules may be its saving grace, though. If today's shootout gives any indication of things to come, 2004 will be a good year for power users who've been put off by Intel and AMD's measures to limit overclocking. And if Intel continues its Extreme Edition family after the 'Prescott' core emerges, we'd expect even higher performance numbers.

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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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