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Intel Pentium 4 3066 MHz in the test: HyperThreading for the desktop

Intel Pentium 4 3066 MHz in the test: HyperThreading for the desktop

Performance and price

updated processor charts .

gaming performance
Unit: percent
    • Pentium 4 3.06 GHz - PC4200
      99,9
    • Pentium 4 3.06 GHz no HT - PC4200
      99.6
    • Pentium 4 2.80 GHz -PC4200
      96.7
    • Pentium 4 3.06 GHz - DDR333
      96.6
    • Pentium 4 3.06 GHz no HT - DDR333
      96.4
    • Athlon XP 2700+ (Thoroughbred B)
      93,5
    • Athlon XP 2700+ - DDR333 (EPoX)
      92.2
    • Pentium 4 2.80 GHz - DDR333
      92.1
    • Athlon XP 2600+ - DDR333
      86.9
    • Athlon XP 2400+ - DDR333
      84,3
    • Athlon XP 1600+ - DDR333
      70.7
    • Pentium 4 1.8A GHz - PC3200
      69.7
    • Celeron 2.0 GHz - DDR333
      46.9

With R ambus can confidently take the new Pentium4 3.06GHz at the top and offers the best gaming performance so far, both with and without Hyper-Threading. In combination with DDR333, it falls just behind a Pentium4 2.8GHz with a PC4200 Rambus in games both with and without Hyper-Threading. The use of Rambus is therefore still not to be despised and can make a slower processor an equal competitor for a faster processor if it does not rely on Rambus but DDR-SDRAM. This will only change with the dual-channel chipsets for the Pentium 4, which will be launched this year.

Office performance
Unit: percent
    • Pentium 4 3.06 GHz - PC4200
      100, 0
    • Pentium 4 3.06 GHz - DDR333
      93.4
    • Pentium 4 3.06 GHz no HT -PC4200
      92.9
    • Pentium 4 2.80 GHz - PC4200
      87.1
    • Pentium 4 3.06 GHz no HT - DDR333
      85.9
    • Pentium 4 2.80 GHz - DDR333
      81,6
    • Athlon XP 2800+ - DDR333 (EPoX)
      81,4
    • Athlon XP 2700+ - DDR333 (EPoX)
      79, 5
    • Athlon XP 2600+ - DDR333
      76,5
    • Athlon XP 2400+ - DDR333
      72,3
    • Pentium 4 1.8A GHz - PC3200
      58.0
    • Athlon XP 1600+ - DDR333
      54,9
    • Celeron 2.0 GHz - DDR333
      49.2

The office performance is also impressive ugen. No other processor comes close to the performance of the Pentium4 3.06GHz. It is also interesting, however, that the use of Hyper-Threading in the office area has a stronger influence on the performance than, for example, in games.

Overall performance
Unit: percent
    • Pentium 4 3.06 GHz - PC4200
      99.95
    • Pentium 4 3.06 GHz - DDR333
      95.01
    • Pentium 4 3.06 GHz no HT - PC4200
      94.59
    • Pentium 4 2.80 GHz - DDR333
      90.12
    • Pentium 4 3.06 GHz no HT - DDR333
      89.90
    • Athlon XP 2800+ - DDR333 (EPoX)
      86,30
    • Pentium 4 2.80 GHz - PC4200
      85.45
    • Athlon XP 2700+ -DDR333 (EPoX)
      84.54
    • Athlon XP 2600+ - DDR333
      80,49
    • Athlon XP 2400+ - DDR333
      77.05
    • Pentium 4 1.8A GHz - PC3200
      62,04
    • Athlon XP 1600+ - DDR333
      61,13
    • Celeron 2.0 GHz - DDR333
      47.25

Since the Pentium4 3.06GHz has the best performance both in games and in office use delivers, it is of course not surprising that it also scores best in terms of overall performance.

Prices for orders of 1000 pieces
Old price New price Reduction in Intel Pentium 4 (Northwood) 3.06 GHz $ 637 - 2.80 GHz $ 508 $ 401 21% 2.66/2.6 GHz $ 401 $ 305 24% 2.53/2.5 GHz $ 243 $ 193 20% 2.40 GHz $ 193 $ 163 15% 2.26/2.2 GHz $ 193 $ 163 15% Intel Celeron (Northwood-128) 2.00 GHz $ 103 $ 83 19 % Athlon XP (Thoroughbred/Palomino) 2800+ $ 397 $ 397 - 2700+ $ 343 $ 343 - 2600+ $ 297 $ 297 - 2400+ $ 193 $ 193 - 2200+ $ 183 $ 183 2100+ $ 174 $ 161 8% 2000+ $ 155 $ 99 36%

Intel's new top-of-the-line model starts at $ 637. Since Intel lowered the prices for the older models a few days ago, these models may now appear a little more interesting for some customers. AMD's top model is not yet available, but for the other models around the Athlon XP 2600+ and 2700+ you currently have to pay a lot more than you were used to from AMD in the past.However, this should improve soon when the mentioned processors are more available.

Price-performance
Unit: points
    • Athlon XP 2600+ - DDR333
      148.8
    • Athlon XP 2400+ - DDR333
      104.5
    • Pentium 4 2.80 GHz - PC4200
      90.1
    • Pentium 4 2.80 GHz - DDR333
      85.5
    • Pentium 4 3.06 GHz - PC4200
      60.5
    • Pentium 4 3.06 GHz - DDR333
      57.5
    • Pentium 4 3.06 GHz no HT - PC4200
      57,2
    • Pentium 4 3.06 GHz no HT - DDR333
      54,4

The price-performance -Ratio of the Pentium4 3.06GHz is natural not exactly intoxicating. But at least Intel can easily improve this ratio by introducing Hyper-Threading. Nevertheless, customers who place great value on a good price-performance ratio are probably not well advised with the new Pentium 4 3.06GHz and should rather rely on an older model or on the competition.

On the next page: Conclusion