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


With the 2.53 GHz Pentium 4, Intel can impressively show the potential in the current level of the NetBurst architecture. The fact that the processor ran at 2.85 GHz without any problems in our test makes it clear that it will be easy for Intel to increase the clock rates further in the course of the year. The increase of the front-side bus from 400 to 533 MHz was a logical step to further increase the performance of the processors and to create more space for future processors. As our benchmarks show, the newly introduced 2.4 GHz Pentium 4 with a front-side bus of 533 MHz can benefit from the mentioned bandwidth increase compared to the 400 MHz variant.

By using PC1066 Rambus can increase the memory bandwidth by 31 percent, but the overall performance hardly increases with an optimistic calculationthan 7 percent. So you can do without the expensive and, above all, currently not yet available memory.

Intel's overalls

Even if the Athlon XP has to admit defeat to the Pentium 4 again this time, the performance of both processors is at a very high level. With the upcoming introduction of the Athlon XP with the 0.13 µm Thoroughbred core, AMD will again be able to drive the clock frequencies of the processors up. But a thermal limit of the Athlon architecture is already in sight. All that remains is a complete architecture change, which will also take place with the introduction of the AMD Hammer (K8 architecture). But until then, another interesting six months will pass, in which AMD and Intel won't give each other anything away.

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