Pentium 4 with 2.4 GHz in the test: The new front runner
- 1 Foreword
- 2 Power consumption
- 3 Test system
- 17 Pricing
- 18 Outlook
- 19 Conclusion
The 3DMark 2000 has already found a successor, but it is still ideally suited to give a statement about the Direct3D performance of the system. The processor performance can also be measured quite well with this test. Since it is a synthetic benchmark, the results cannot be transferred directly to games. Nevertheless, it is used everywhere and is simply part of every test.
It can go that fast. While the Pentium 4 2.2 GHz even had to admit defeat by an Athlon XP 1900+, albeit just a little, the Pentium 4 2.4 GHz sets a new record. The 3DMark 2000 showsbut for the first time that 9 percent more speed does not mean 9 percent more performance. In this graphics benchmark, the increase in clock rate only leads to an increase of 4 percent. As the name of the benchmark suggests, the graphics card in particular plays an important role in 3DMark.
3DMark 2000 CPU Mark An important part of 3DMark2000 is also the CPU mark. Although the graphics card also plays a major role here, as well as the chipset and memory of the mainboard, these factors are eliminated here by the fixed test environment.
The processor test from 3DMark 2000 shows how insignificant the processor clock can be. Increased by a little more than one percent the processor performance of the Pentium 4 2.4 compared to the previous model. The leap in performance is not enough to knock the Athlon XP 2000+ from the throne in this test. The new top model from Intel only achieves the performance level of an Athlon XP 1900+.
3DMark 2000 HPC The high polygon count is also part of the 3DMark 2000. Here the performance of the storage subsystem plays a bigger role, it is particularly well suited to illustrate the interaction between processor, RAM and graphics card.
Why the Pentium 4 2.4 GHz reached a new high despite the comparatively poor performance in the CPU Mark , shows, among other things, the high polygon count test, in which the graphics card only plays a subordinate role. Thanks to the powerful RAM bus storage system, the performance in this test increased by no less than 5.7 percent. The Athlon XP 2000+ and Pentium4 2.4 GHz separate only 6.6 percent, which is anything but worldly with a clock difference of 44 percent.
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