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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

Sysmark 2002

In the past, the Sysmark 2001 often caused a stir on the part of the AMD Fan base taken care of. For this reason, we decided on the successor Sysmark 2002 for this processor test. But the new version of the benchmark is also 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 5, Adobe Photoshop 6.0.1, Adobe Premiere 6.0, Microsoft Windows Media Encoder 7.1 and Macromedia Flash 5.0. At Sysmark 2001, version 7.0 of the Windows Media Encoder was still used, which however did not correctly recognize the SSE1 command extension of the Athlon XP, as it only checked on Intel processors whether the processor signals support for these commands. However, sincethe new version from Microsoft is not equipped with this error, the Sysmark 2002 now provides a comparatively good basis for evaluating the system performance, which is significantly influenced by the processor.

In the second area of ​​Sysmark 2002 everyday office life (Office Content Creation) measured with a whole batten of applications that were addressed in parallel via multitasking. These applications include Microsoft Office 2002, Dragon Naturally Speaking, Netscape Communicator 6.0, WinZip 8.0, and McAfee VirusScan 5.13. The respective partial results that result 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 individual results in detail:

Sysmark 2002 - Internet Content
Unit: Points
    • P4 2.53/533 - PC1066
      353
    • P4 2.53/533 - PC800
      335
    • P4 2.40/533 - PC1066
      331
    • P4 2.40/533 - PC800
      325
    • P4 2.40/400 - PC800
      320
    • XP 2100+ - PC266
      214

Already in the first part of Sysmark 2002 it becomes clear that AMD is in the optimization race has lost. Even in the new system benchmark, the Athlon XP 2100+ simply looks beaten. The poor performance in this part of the test naturally also affects the overall result. The clear winner in this area is Intel's new 2.53 GHz Pentium using PC1066 memory.

Sysmark 2002 - Office Content
Unit: points
    • P4 2.53/533 -PC1066
      188
    • P4 2.40/533 - PC1066
      185
    • P4 2.53/533 - PC800
      181
    • P4 2.40/533 - PC800
      179
    • P4 2.40/400 - PC800
      174
    • XP 2100+ - PC266
      145

The results in the second partial test also speak for the Pentium 4 processors. The Athlon XP is clearly lagging behind, but in this case you should also consider the large clock differences between the two processors. Incidentally, Intel was able to gain a performance increase of 5 points solely through the higher front-side bus.

Sysmark 2002 - Overall
Unit: points
    • P4 2.53/533 - PC1066
      254
    • P4 2.40/533 - PC1066
      247
    • P4 2.53/533 - PC800
      245
    • P4 2.40/533 - PC800
      241
    • P4 2.40/400 - PC800
      236
    • XP 2100+ - PC266
      176

Count one and one together it becomes clear that the Pentium 4 is simply better suited for everyday office use for the time being. The difference in speed to the Athlon XP really catches the eye.

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