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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

Sysmark 2001

The Sysmark 2001 has often caused excitement in the past Pages of the AMD fan base catered for. This benchmark is divided into two areas. In the first area, the working environment of a 'webmaster' or 'web designer' is simulated, which is called Internet Content Creation. In this test section, the following real applications are controlled with a script language: Macromedia Dreamweaver, Abode Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Microsoft Windows Media Encoder and Macromedia Flash. While the Athlon XP cuts a good figure in all applications, it fails completely in the Windows Media Encoder. At this point, however, you have to blame Windows Media Encoder 7.0. This application, optimized for SSE1, benefits tremendously from this command extension. Unfortunately the media encoder checkedbut only on Intel processors whether the processor signals support for these commands. Since at the time of development there was no thought that AMD could rely on SSE1 in addition to 3DNow, this step still seemed logical. This is of course also reflected quite clearly in this sub-area of ​​Sysmark 2001, since the application in the Pentium 4 worked with SSE1 extensions. Nevertheless, the Sysmark simulates the real performance with standard applications. This makes it an important test for assessing processor performance or the performance of an entire system. So we have to accept this test with the knowledge of this small restriction.

In the second area of ​​Sysmark 2001, everyday office life (Office Content Creation) is measured with a whole range of applications that were addressed in parallel via multitasking . These applications include Microsoft Office, Dragon Naturally Speaking, Netscape Communicator, WinZip, and McAfee VirusScan. The respective partial results that resulted from the Internet Content Creation and Office Content Creations are each 50 percent included in the final result. But let's first look at the results in detail:

Sysmark 2001 Internet Content Creation

As we can see, the Pentium 4 can clearly set itself apart from the Athlon XP due to the aforementioned limitation. With 5.7 percent more performance, the new Pentium 4 can place itself in front of the 2.2 GHz faster variant.

Sysmark 2001 Office Content Creation

The Pentium 4 2.4 GHz is also at the top of the list for Office Content Creation. However, here is the oneThe jump in performance is no longer so huge. While the step from the Northwood Pentium 4 with 2.0 to 2.2 GHz was 4.9 percent, when switching from 2.2 to 2.4 GHz it is only 1.6 percent. Even if the changes are not particularly strong, the end result is as follows.

Sysmark 2001

The Pentium 4 2.4 is a good 3.2 percent faster than its predecessor and can take no less than 17.8 percent from the Athlon XP 2000+. Above all, the results from Internet content creation contribute to this quite clear lead over the AMD Athlon.

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