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


The SuperPI benchmark is actually a very old application, but it is still suitable before quite well for determining the performance of processors in arithmetic operations. In order not to prolong the calculation time unnecessarily, we have limited ourselves to the calculation of the first million decimal places of the number Pi. The result was a 1.5 MB or 4.6 MB text filewith the listing of the positions.

Great PI 1 Mio
Super PI 4 Mio

The results of SuperPI differed only slightly from the results of the processor test by Sandra 2002 open put. The integer unit of the Pentium 4 does not seem to match that of the Athlon XP at whatever rate. The architecture of the Athlon XP, which relies on more performance per cycle, seems to be able to exploit its speed advantage in operations that have not been optimized for the Pentium 4. The 20-stage pipeline of the Pentium 4 is also not beneficial here, since the processing of an operation, as described in advance, takes longer compared to the pipeline of the Athlon XP. However, since this test has no particular relevance when working or playing, we leave this result as it is.


To further the sense and nonsense of a faster processor for frequently used applications clarify, we used WinACE version 2.11 at this point. The task of the program was to pack a 200 MB WAV audio file at the maximum compression level (at 4096k) as an ACE file.


As we can see, the Pentium 4 can convince with WinACE. Both models are faster than the representatives from AMD, even if they are only half a minute apart.

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