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

Test system

Bios shows the new FSB533 MHz Pentium 4

So we come to the most interesting part of this article. To assess the performance of the processors, a slightly modified test system was used to support the new Pentium 4 processors. Intel's i850-E reference board with the designation D850-EMV2 served as the mainboard, which has a USB 2.0 controller from NEC as a special extra. However, the board clocked the processors a bit conservatively, so that the 2.53 GHz Pentium was ultimately only operated at around 2.52 GHz. The comparison test of the Intel D850-EMV2 and the Asus P4T533-C , which was also published at the start of the new Pentium 4, shows the increase in performance brought about by choosing a different motherboard. An Intel Etherexpress 100 Pro served as the network card. For theOur proven GeForce3 Ti500 from Inno3D was responsible for the screen output. The tests were carried out with the officially supported PC800 Rambus as well as with the PC1066 memory, which should develop the full performance of the processor

We initially wanted to use the MSI KT3Ultra-ARU to evaluate the performance of the fastest Athlon XP. However, since its performance with our DDR333 memory (CL2.5) from Crucial could not convince, our KT266A reference board, the EPoX 8KHA +, had to serve for this processor test. Despite the KT333, which is already available, the good piece is far from being old. DDR266 modules (CL2) from Infineon were used as memory for the EPoX board. We were able to use the sharpest settings with this.

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 still create a normal working environment, we used smoothed fonts and the standard Windows XP surface as quality settings for the system interface. All other visual options have also been activated. The last official nVidia Detonator version 28.32 served as the graphics card driver. In order to avoid questions, the following is a complete comparison of the hardware used and the installed drivers.

  • Processor
    • Intel Pentium 4 2.53 GHz (FSB533)
    • Intel Pentium 4 2.40 GHz (FSB533)
    • Intel Pentium 4 2.40 GHz (FSB400)
    • Intel Pentium 4 2.20 GHz (FSB400) (on old platform)
    • Intel Pentium 4 2.0A GHz (FSB400) (on old platform)
    • AMD Athlon XP 2100+
    • AMD Athlon XP 2000+ (on old platform)
    • AMD Athlon XP 1900+ (on old platform)
  • Motherboard
    • AMD platform (new): EPox 8KHA + (KT266A)
    • AMD platform (old *): Asus A7V266-E (KT266A)
    • Intel platform(new): Intel D850EMV2 (i850-E)
    • Intel platform (old *): Intel D850MD (i850)
  • RAM
    • 256MB PC266 CL2 DDR SDRAM
    • 2x128MB PC800 Samsung Rambus
    • 2x128MB PC1066 Samsung Rambus
  • Graphics card
  • Peripherals
    • Asus CRW 4012A
    • IBM IC35LC040
    • Intel EtherExpress 100 Pro
  • Driver versions
    • nVidia Detonator 28.32
    • AMD platform: Via 4in1 4.38
    • Intel platform: Intel Inf-Driver 3.20.1008 + Intel Application Accelerator 2.2
  • Software
    • Windows XP Professional
Rambus modules for maximum performance
Intel D850EMV2 mainboard with i850-E
Intel D850EMV2 mainboard with i850-E with ICH2
Intel D850EMV2 motherboard with i850-E


A slightly stripped-down test scenario was used to assess the processor performance. So the now very old 3DMark 2000 was banned from our test runs, at least for the time being. SuperPI was also allowed to pack up his things, as he seems to us to be far from reality. Who is calculating PI at home for fun, putting it in the millions? In addition, he only confirmed the test results from Sandra 2002. Unfortunately, Magix's MP3 Maker Platinum also did not make it into this test. In later tests, however, he will be rested again and calm things down. We also have thatSysmark 2001 by its successor, which Sysmark 2002 replaces in order to evaluate the performance in everyday office life with current applications. In addition to the departures, we can also welcome a new addition. This is PCMark 2002, which is supposed to support Sandra 2002. Our benchmarks should therefore be able to cover all areas relevant for the user.

  • Game Performance
    • 3DMark 2001 SE
    • GLMark
    • Quake 3 Arena
  • Office Performance
    • Sysmark 2002
    • Winace 2.11
    • FlaskMPEG (DiVX 5.01)
    • Lame
  • 3D Render Performance
    • Cinema 4D
    • Lightwave 7.0b
    • Spec ViewPerf 6.1.2
  • Other
    • Sandra 2002
    • PCMark 2002
    • Seti @ Home

If you want to retrace the benchmarks at home, you will find a large part of the test programs listed above in the download section .

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