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Product: Pentium III 800EB
Company: Intel
Website: http://www.intel.com
Estimated Street Price: about $789.00 as of April 10, 2000
Review By: Julien Jay

Introduction

Table Of Contents
1: Introduction
2: Benchmarks
3: Setup & Comparisons 
4: Conclusion

The Intel Pentium III 800Mhz CPU was announced first in December 1999. In this review we will present you different results from different benchmarks. We willl compare these results to our reference computer: a Pentium III 600EB. All the tests were done on the same computer under Windows 98SE; we just changed the CPU. 

One of the major new features of the Pentium III is that it has a new instruction set to enhance 3D performance; it’s a kind of “MMX2”, designed to beat AMD’s ‘3D now’ technology. The Pentium III always included the good old MMX 57 instruction set. The new 70-instruction set is named streamed SIMD, and is designed to increase the 3D, video, audio, games, speech recognition speed, but only optimized software will take benefits of this new instruction set. Latest Pentium III processors are now available in different models designated by the letters E & B. It concerns the “Coppermine” chips that are now engraved in 0.18 micron. In fact a Pentium III CPU B runs at the front side bus speed of 133Mhz and Pentium III E has got 256Kb of L2 advanced transfer cache that runs at the full speed of the CPU.  Pentium III EB processors contain a FSB of 133Mhz and a cache of 256Kb. Finally Pentium III processors contain the well-known Processor serial-number feature that is supposed to secure transactions over the Internet and grant access to the Intel WebOutFitter Internet advanced service.

  • Amazing 3D—The Pentium III processor enables higher polygon counts and advanced lighting effects, which can provide software and Web sites with more lifelike surfaces, more objects rendered in a given scene, and amazing shadow effects and reflections rendered in real time. This makes for more immersive gaming and entertainment experiences on your PC and more detail and convenience for online shopping.
  • Realistic Animation—The performance of the Pentium III processor enables software developers to incorporate a greater degree of realism and interactivity. Imagine flight simulators with wings that actually flex, driving simulations with suspension that actually works, or gaming characters with fingers that can touch and grasp.
  • Advanced Imaging—The Pentium III processor can provide better responsiveness with your graphics software by offering increased frame rates, color depths, and image processing algorithms. This means you can work with large, complex images and digital photographs without the wait.
  • Streaming Video—Because video files tend to be large, all the benefits of the Pentium III processor realized for still imaging are even more important for editing and viewing video. In addition, the performance capabilities of the processor allow for real-time MPEG-2 video encoding and editing and great performance for streaming video—resulting in higher quality video on the Internet.
  • Speech Recognition—The Pentium III processor can provide greater accuracy and faster response time in new applications that feature this exciting capability. With this performance advance, speech capabilities cross the threshold into real usability for real-time speech, Web browsing or word processing.

 

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