Pentium 4 1.4GHz benchmarks
As reported by The Register, Intel has started to send the first computer systems with Intel Pentium 4 processors to preferred partners. These systems use the Intel i850, code name Tehama, as the chipset.
This is not yet the final chipset revision, nevertheless these systems give a first impression of the performance of the Pentium 4 Systems to expect. The benchmark results for the Pentium4 come from a system that, in addition to the aforementioned mainboard, contained 128MB DDR SDRAM and a graphics card with GeForce2 GTS.
As you can see, the Pentium 4 can only beat the AMD Athlon with 1.1 GHz in 4 tests , whereby one can speak of a clear superiority in only two cases. With that said, the results are rather disappointing, especially since the Pentium is clocked 300MHz higher. Furthermore, the superiority in Quake3 or other graphics tests, which depend very much on the bandwidth, is due to the very fast RAM. All in all, you should evaluate the benchmarks with skepticism, as a lot of benchmark-relevant information and the complete configuration of the Athlon system are missing. In addition, none of the benchmark programs used support the extended instruction set of the Pentium 4.