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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

Conclusion

All in all, the Pentium 4 with 2.4 GHz is currently the fastest processor in our test lab. In applications that are not explicitly Pentium 4 optimized, the new Pentium 4 can overtake the Athlon XP 2000+ with a few exceptions due to the significantly higher clock rate. The lead is even more pronounced in SSE2 optimized applications. However, it also takes the leading position in the price list. Everyone should answer the question of whether it has to be the top model for themselves. At the moment there is hardly an application that needs so much computing power. The graphics card is increasingly becoming the most important component in games, and a 1 GHz processor is still more than sufficient for normal office work. In the graphics area, on the other hand, there can usually never be enough performance at 2.4 GHzProcessor from Intel will definitely receive.

Intel has presented it once and AMD must and will follow suit. In order to be able to increase the clock rate of the Athlon XP further, the new Athlon processors are manufactured in 0.13 µm. Thanks to the new manufacturing technology, AMD will be able to lower the processor voltage to 1.6 volts, which among other things will result in reduced power consumption. The processor core currently being developed under the code name Thoroughbred is due to hit the market in April 2002 in the form of the Athlon XP 2200+. While Intel used the step from 0.18 µm to 0.13 µm to increase the size of the L2 cache, everything stays the same with the Thoroughbred. Nevertheless, thanks to the improved manufacturing technology, AMD can again increasingly participate in the speed race against Intel. When you consider how difficult it is even for the current top model from Intel on a Rambus system against an Athlon XP 2000+ with DDR SDRAM, we can definitely prepare for a hotly contested summer.

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