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

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


If we talked about the intellectual game of chess in the introduction, a tennis expression now seems appropriate: 'Advantage, Intel!'. Even if we have so far only drawn a comparison on the conventional battlefield, it seems already certain that Intel has for the time being regained the undisputed speed crown. The Pentium 4 3.06GHz is the clear winner in almost every application. If this result was finally clear to us due to the clock rate before the first benchmark, the results regarding the Hyper-Threading Technology did not surprise us too much. Like we did insuspected in our basic article, very few programs are currently using the possibilities of this technology. In the end, only Cinema 4D and FlaskMPEG knew how to use the capabilities of the new P4 to achieve massive speed improvements. Games, on the other hand, are currently not yet able to claim the two virtual CPUs for themselves because their programming is not designed for this. Here, however, a comparison with MMX is useful. When Intel first launched the technology in 1997, only a handful of programs initially benefited from the new CPU instructions. Nowadays, MMX is already so deeply anchored in the applications that in the end you don't notice it anymore. We dare to assume that it will be the same with hyperthreading and Intel seems to want to push this development with all its might. So it doesn't seem surprising that companies are offered help with programming software in order to design it for Hyper-Threading.

If the advantages of the Hyper-Threading Technology for the calculation of a single application are still in the future, you can already experience a number of advantages in the parallel operation of programs today. Seti has given a first look at what Hyper-Threading is capable of. In our special we want to devote ourselves to exactly this topic. Clear the ring for the next round and the lights on for a technology that will have a decisive influence on the development of microprocessors in the coming years.

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