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Product: Athlon XP 2200+
Company: AMD
Website: http://www.amd.com
Estimated Street Price:
$249.00
Review By: Julien Jay

Synthetic Benchmarks

Table Of Contents
1: Introduction
2: CPU Overview & Overclocking
3: Synthetic Benchmarks

4: Games Benchmarks
5: Applications Benchmarks
6:
Conclusion

   Below are the exact specifications of the machine we used to test the AMD Athlon XP 2000+/2200+ and Intel Pentium 4 processors.

  • Complete AMD Athlon XP 2200+ PC Setup

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-7VRX Motherboard
Memory: 512Mb of DDR333
Hard Disk: IBM 40GB UDMA
100 7200rpm
Graphics card: Hercules 3D Prophet II Ultra (GeForce 2 Ultra) - Detonator 29.42
DVD:
Pioneer DVD116
Peripherals: Microsoft
TrackBall Optical, Microsoft Office Keyboard.
Everything was running under Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP
2 with DirectX 8.1 installed and the latest Via 4in1 drivers 4.40a P3

  • Complete AMD Athlon XP 2000+ PC Setup

Motherboard: Epox 8KHA+
Memory: 256MB of PC2100 DDR
Hard Disk: IBM 40GB UDMA 100 7200rpm
DVD: Pioneer DVD116
Display adapter:
Hercules 3D Prophet II Ultra (GeForce 2 Ultra) - Detonator 29.4
Peripherals: Microsoft TrackBall Optical, Microsoft Office Keyboard.
Everything was running under Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP
2 with DirectX 8.1 installed and the
latest VIA 4in1 drivers 4.40a P3.

  • Complete Intel PC Setup

Motherboard: Intel D850MD with latest P14 bios and i850 chipset
Memory: 256Mb of RDRAM (Rambus) running at 800MHz with ECC correction - 256 of RDRAM running at 1066MHz (for the P4 2.53GHz)
Hard Disk:
Maxtor 30GB UDMA 100 7200rpm
Graphics card: Hercules 3D Prophet II Ultra (GeForce 2 Ultra) - Detonator 29.42
DVD:
Goldstar
Peripherals: Microsoft
TrackBall Optical, Microsoft Office Keyboard.
Everything was running under Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP
2 with DirectX 8.1 installed and the latest Intel Chipset & Intel Application Accelerator Drivers
.

For the testing we made sure that no programs were running and did a clean Windows Boot by formatting the hard drive. By doing so we’re making sure that performance would remain unaffected.

Ziff Davis CPU Mark 99 is a rather old benchmarking tool that doesn't take advantage of the new instructions brought by the Pentium 4. Thus it obviously advantages AMD's processor. In this test the Athlon XP 2200+ leads the race with a high score of 161 outclassing the Pentium 4 2.53GHz by -only- 2%. According to CPU Mark 99 the Athlon XP 2200+ is 19% faster than the Intel Pentium 4 2.2GHz.
 

CPU MathMark 3.0 trains the processor to perform some basic and complex mathematic operations (like 9^1500, calculating iterations of Pi, etc.) Once those tests are completed it reports the time it takes for the CPU to achieve such operations in seconds. Shortest is the bar in this graphic, faster is the CPU.

Both the Athlon XP 2000+ and the Athlon XP 2200+ beat Intel Pentium 4 processors thanks to the optimized architecture of AMD processors for mathematic operations. The Intel Pentium 4 2.53 GHz arrives third. According to our results, the AMD Athlon XP 2000+ is 12% faster than the Intel Pentium 4 2.53GHz while the AMD Athlon XP 2200+ is 19% faster than Intel's fastest CPU.

SiSoft Sandra 2002 is a synthetic benchmark that performs real basic test measuring Whetstone & Dhrystone values of a CPU. This benchmark program doesn't reflect at all the potential of a Pentium 4, but since it's a widely used performance measuring utility I can't skip it. The Pentium 4 2.53GHz gets the best results: its MFLOPS score is 24% better than the one of the AMD Athlon XP 2200+ and 34% better than the one of an AMD Athlon XP 2000+. The MIPS scores of the Pentium 4 2.53GHz and Athlon XP 2200+ are almost identical. The Athlon XP 2200+ outclasses the Pentium 4 2.2GHz by ~18% on the MIPS side while the roles get inverted since the Pentium 4 2.2GHz MFLOPS result is ~8% better than the one of the Athlon XP 2200+.
 

MFLOPS: The Whetstone benchmark is widely used in the computer industry as a measure of performance. Floating-point arithmetic is most significant in scientific, engineering, statistical and computer-aided design (CAD) programs. It is also a small component in spreadsheet, paint and drawing programs. Word processing programs typically do no floating-point computations at all. The Whetstone does a lot of floating-point arithmetic, some memory access, and a little integer arithmetic.

MIPS: The Dhrystone benchmark is widely used in the computer industry as a measure of performance. Dhrystone is a synthetic benchmark, designed to contain a representative sample of operations normally performed by applications. They don't calculate a result of any kind, but they do perform the sort of complicated sequences of instructions that real applications use. The Dhrystone result is determined by measuring the time it takes to perform these sequences of instructions. Simple integer arithmetic, logic decisions, and memory accesses are the dominant CPU activities in most Windows programs. The Dhrystone benchmark makes intensive use of these areas.

 

PCMark 2002 is MadOnion's brand new benchmark. PCMark2002 consists of a series of tests that represent common tasks in home and office programs. The Pentium 4 2.53GHz logically arrives on top of the race, outperforming in the same proportion (15-16%) both the Pentium 4 2.2Ghz and the Athlon XP 2200+. The Athlon XP 2000+ almost fells in the bottom of the ranking: AMD's CPU is outclassed by the Pentium 4 2.53GHz by 24%.

 

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