Pentium 4 with FSB 533 MHz in the test: Intel sets new standards

Pentium 4 with FSB 533 MHz in the test: Intel sets new standards

Table of contents
  1. 1 Foreword
  2. 2 Technology
  3. 3 Bandwidth
  4. 4 Power consumption
  5. 5 Requirements
  6. Overclocking
  7. 6 Test system
  8. Benchmarks
    1. 7 Boottime
    2. Sandra 2002
    3. 8 PCMark 2002
    4. 3DMark 2001SE
    5. 9 GLMark
    6. 10 Quake 3 Arena
    7. 11 Sysmark 2002
    8. 12 Seti @ Home
    9. WinACE
    10. 13 FlaskMPEG
    11. Lame
    12. 14 Cinema 4D
    13. 15 ViewPref
    14. 16 Lightwave
  9. 17 Pricing
  10. 18 Conclusion


While the 2.4 GHz Pentium 4 with its 400 MHz front-side bus could be used without problems in all mainboards available at the time, a new chipset is needed for the new evolution stage with 533 MHz. Together with the presentation of the new Pentium 4 processors, Intel is sending the new i850-E chipset with Rambus support into the race, as already mentioned. We have dedicated our own article to this chipset, in which we also specifically discuss the innovations in the chipset. In addition, Intel will soon present a slightly revised i845 chipset, which will be named i845-E and which is also designed for the new Pentium 4. In addition to Intel, SiS also has an FSB533 compatible chipset in its range with the SiS645DX. VIA has also presented a suitable chipset with the P4X333. Since, however, theIf legal disputes between VIA and Intel regarding the licensing of the Pentium 4 bus have not been resolved, for the time being only VIA with its own motherboard brand VPSD will have corresponding products in its range. The following is a brief overview of the chipsets currently available and suitable for the new Pentium 4.

The chipsets in comparison
Features Intel 850-E VIA P4X333 SiS 645DX Supported CPU Socket Socket 478 Socket 478 Socket 478 Northbridge Features Northbridge KC82850E VT8754 645DX Multiprocessor Support No No No Front-Side-Bus 400 MHz Yes Yes Yes 533 MHz Yes Yes Yes Memory 100 MHz Yes (400) Yes Yes 133 MHz Yes (533 ) Yes Yes 166 MHz No Yes Yes Asynchronous memory clock Yes Yes Yes Memory slots (max) 4 3 3 Memory support SDRAM No No Yes DDR-SDRAM No Yes Yes (dual) RAM bus Yes No No AGP Support 1x No No No 2x Yes Yes Yes 4x Yes Yes Yes Southbridge Features Southbridge Intel 82801 BA VT8235 SiS 961B Hard disk controller ATA 33/66 Yes Yes Yes ATA 100 Yes Yes Yes ATA 133 No Yes Yes Number of PCI slots (max) 6 6 6 USB ports (max) 4 4 6 USB 2.0 no yes no Other I/O-Link Hub Interface (266MB/s) V-Link (533MB/s) MuTIOL (533MB/s)
P4T533-C .

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In our last processor reviews we often dealt with overclocking in principle, but did not put our ideas into practice. Since this time we had the previously mentioned P4T533-C motherboard from Asus with its numerous overclocking features in addition to the Intel motherboard that was used for all benchmarks, we could now take action ourselves. Even we were surprised. We were able to operate the Pentium 4 with 2.53 GHz using air cooling (Intel boxed fan) and without increasing the VCore to 2.85 GHz (19x150 MHz). The processor temperature was around 45 ° C under full load in this case, a perfectly acceptable value. The main memory ran at 450 MHz in this case. No problem for our PC1066 modules which are designed for 533 MHz as standard. Unfortunately, our 32ns Samsung modules couldn't cope with the attempt to operate our Rambus with a synchronous front-side bus of 600 MHz.

' New '533 MHz FSB Pentium 4
Intel Pentium 4 2.54 GHz stable at 2.85GHz

Even if the mainboard did not allow us to set a higher clock rate in the BIOS, this test impressively shows the performance potential of the Pentium 4. In view of this fact, it should be easy for Intel to continuously increase the processor clock to 3 GHz at regular intervals.

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