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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

Sysmark 2001

The Sysmark 2001 has caused quite a stir among the AMD fan base in the past. This benchmark is divided into two areas. In the first area, the working environment of a 'webmaster' or 'web designer' is simulated, which is called Internet Content Creation. In this test section, the following real applications are covereda scripting language: Macromedia Dreamweaver, Abode Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Microsoft Windows Media Encoder and Macromedia Flash. While the Athlon XP cuts a good figure in all applications, it fails completely in the Windows Media Encoder. At this point, however, you have to blame Windows Media Encoder 7.0. This application, optimized for SSE1, benefits tremendously from this command extension. Unfortunately, the media encoder only checks on Intel processors whether the processor signals support for these commands. Since at the time of development the possibility was not even considered that AMD could rely on SSE1 in addition to 3DNow, this step still seemed logical. This is of course also reflected quite clearly in this part of Sysmark 2001, since the application in the Pentium 4 naturally worked with SSE1 extensions. Nevertheless, the Sysmark simulates the real performance with standard applications. This makes it an important test for assessing processor performance or the performance of an entire system. So we have to accept this test with the knowledge of this small restriction.

In the second area of ​​Sysmark 2001, everyday office life (Office Content Creation) is measured with a whole range of applications that were addressed in parallel via multitasking . These applications include Microsoft Office, Dragon Naturally Speaking, Netscape Communicator, WinZip, and McAfee VirusScan. The respective partial results that resulted from the Internet Content Creation and Office Content Creations are each included 50 percent in the final result. But let's look at the results in detail first:

Sysmark 2001 Internet Content Creation

As we can see, the Pentium 4separate from the Athlon XP due to the aforementioned restriction. A good 50 points separate the two fastest cars. However, one must clearly admit at this point that the Athlon XP 2000+ would have ended up in second place at most behind the Pentium4 2.2 GHz, even with the correct SSE1 implementation img src = '/images/a6a1dec069cf28db5d5e1c19f8cf235d.png'>

Sysmark 2001 Office Content Creation

In the Office Content Creation section, the result is a bit more realistic . As expected, the Pentium 4 2.2 GHz takes first place due to the high clock rate, the larger L2 cache and the fast RAM bus, followed by the Athlon XP 2000+ and 1900+. The Pentium 4 2.0A ranks behind it. The average of the two sub-areas results in the following result.

Sysmark 2001

The big lead in internet content creation is very clearly reflected in the end result. Due to this fact, Pentium 4 2.2 and 2.0 GHz can push themselves to the top of this test.

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