Pentium 4 with 2.4 GHz in the test: The new front runner

Pentium 4 with 2.4 GHz in the test: The new front runner

Test system


To compare the current processors from the two market leaders, AMD used a VIA KT266A system with 256MB PC2100 DDR memory. At Intel, we decided to use a Rambus system with an Intel i850 chipset again. This means that the currently fastest platform was used for both systems. The argument that is often thrown in at this point that Rambus is significantly more expensive compared to DDR SDRAM is no longer an issue, because you don't pay more than 130 euros for 256MB of Infineon memory in either variant. It looks different with the mainboard. The Asus A7V266-E with Raid onboard that we use costs a good 40 euros less than the Intel D850MD, which is for thePentium 4 was used.

Our usual Windows XP Professional was used as the operating system. Functions such as system restore or automatic system updates have been deactivated. In order to create a normal working environment, we have worked with smoothed fonts and the standard Windows XP surface as quality settings for the system interface. All other visual options have also been activated. We used the Detonator 27.30 as the graphics card driver for the Inno3D GeForce3 Ti500. In order to avoid questions, a complete comparison of the hardware used and the installed drivers follows.

  • Processor
    • Intel Pentium 4 2.4 GHz
    • Intel Pentium 4 2.2 GHz
    • Intel Pentium 4 2.0A GHz
    • AMD Athlon XP 2000+
    • AMD Athlon XP 1900+
    • AMD Athlon XP 1800+
  • Motherboard
    • AMD platform: Asus A7V266-E (KT266A)
    • Intel platform: Intel D850MD (i850 )
  • RAM
    • 256MB PC266 CL2 DDR SDRAM
    • 256MB PC800 Rambus
  • Graphics card
  • Peripherals
    • Pioneer 16x DVD
    • IBM IC35LC040
    • 10/100 MBit Ethernet card
  • Driver versions
    • nVidia Detonator 27.30
    • AMD platform: Via 4in1 4.37a
    • Intel platform: Intel inf driver, IAA 1.1.2
  • Software
    • Windows XP Professional
Intel 850MD Board
Graphics card in the test system
Intel boxed cooler
Board with cooler


For assessment In terms of performance, the usual test scenario for processor tests was used. Both the Magic Music Maker and the 3D rendering software Lightwave 7.0b from Newtek are part of the game again, as in the last processor comparison. Sysmark 2001 will be there again this time. Of course, Seti @ Home should not be missing either. However, we did not use Aquanox or Aquamark, as the game is hardly suitable for processor tests because the frame rates hardly change. The benchmarks we used should be able to cover all areas relevant for the user.

  • Game Performance
    • 3DMark 2001
    • 3DMark 2001 SE
    • 3DMark 2000
    • Final Reality
    • GLMark
    • Quake 3 Arena
  • Office Performance
    • Sysmark 2001
    • Winace 2.11
    • FlaskMPEG
    • Lame
    • Magic Music Maker
  • 3D Render Performance
    • Cinema 4D
    • Lightwave 7.0b
    • Spec ViewPerf 6.1.2
  • Other
    • Sandra 2002
    • Seti @ Home
    • SuperPI

Who the If you want to understand benchmarks yourself at home, you can find a large part of the test programs listed above in the download section.

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