Intel Pentium 4 2.2 GHz and AthlonXP 2000+ in the test: The battle of the titans

Intel Pentium 4 2.2 GHz and AthlonXP 2000+ in the test: The battle of the titans

3DMark 2000

Although the 3DMark 2000 has already found a successor, it is still ideal for it suitable to give a statement about the Direct3D performance of the system. The processor performance can also be measured quite well with this test. Since it is a synthetic benchmark, the results cannot be transferred directly to games. But it will nonethelessit is used everywhere and is simply part of every test.

3DMark 2000

With these results, one thing becomes clear: 3DMark 2000 is not the right terrain for the Pentium4. The Athlon XP 2000+ is again the measure of all things. This is mainly due to the fact that when 3DMark 2000 was introduced, only the SSE1 and 3DNow, but not the SSE2 extensions, were on the market. So SSE2 from the Pentium 4 lies idle. This already makes it clear that the Pentium 4 does not feel quite as comfortable with old applications due to a lack of optimization.

3DMark 2000 CPU Mark An important part of the 3DMark2000 is also the CPU mark. Although the graphics card also plays a major role here, as well as the chipset and memory of the mainboard, these factors are switched off here by the fixed test environment.

3DMark 2000 CPU Mark

The results from the 3DMark 2000 run are also confirmed here. The Pentium 4 is again inferior. In this test even more than is evident in the overall results. The cause is the fact that the memory interface only plays a minor role or no role at all during the CPU test. The next partial test illustrates the influence of the memory bus.

3DMark 2000 HPC The high polygon count is also part of 3DMark 2000. Since the performance of the memory subsystem plays a greater role here, it is suitable it is particularly good at illustrating the interaction between processor, RAM and graphics card.

3DMark 2000HPC

As expected, the Pentium 4 2.2 GHz can easily set itself apart from the Athlon XP 2000+, whereas the Pentium 4 2.0 GHz is now in the middle of the Even though it came in last in the 3DMark 2000 CPU test. The reason for this is quickly found in the Rambus, which, as the memory tests by Sandra 2002 showed, is clearly superior to the DDR system.

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