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Product: Pentium 4 1.5GHz
Company: Intel
Website: http://www.intel.com
Estimated Street Price: $848.00
Review By: Julien JAY

BenchMarks

Table Of Contents
1: Introduction
2: CPU Architecture
3
: SSE2 & CPU Design
4: i82850 Chipset
5: Intel D850GB Motherboard
6: Benchmarks

7: BenchMarks' Results Analysis
8: Conclusion

    We tested the Pentium 4 1.5 GHz chip on an Intel D850GB motherboard weíve reviewed above. To run our various tests we used the latest P07 bios available from Intel, running with 384MB of 800 MHz ECC Rambus memory and with a Hercules GeForce II Ultra graphic board. The hard disks were Maxtor 45GB UDMA 100, Matrox 30GB UDMA 66 & Seagate 20GB UDMA 66. You can read the complete PC Setup below.

 

   

 

This benchmark was made with the latest version 2001 of Norton Utilities using the System Information applet. The result we got is 495.6. This number means the Pentium 4 1.5 GHz is 495.6 times faster than an i386 16 MHz CPU! Compared to the Pentium III 1GHz B we get a 7.3% performance gain.

 

 

Using SiSoft Sandra 2001, we benchmarked the Pentium 4 1.5 GHz and we get the MIPS (MP Dhrystone) & MFLOPS (MP Whetstone) results. The MIPS result is a bit stronger than on an Athlon 1 GHz itís really with a small advancement. However as you can see the MFLOPS result of the Pentium 4 1.5 GHz left the AMD Athlon in the dust showing an improvement of more than 34%.

   

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.

 

Though the Ziff Davis CPU Mark 99 utility we have isnít designed and optimized for the Pentium 4 we tested it with it. And compared to the Pentium III 800EB the Pentium 4 1.5GHz clearly shows some core improvements. However with the Pentium III 1GHz we got a result of 82.3 and only 86.5 for the P4 1.5 GHz.

Using the 3D SysMark 2000 benchmarking tool from MadOnion that calculates 3D sequencing in real time we get an impressive result of 6334 against only 5823 for an Athlon 1.2GHz and 5815 for a Pentium III 1GHz EB showing a performance increase of more than 8.8%.

Testing the Pentium 4 1.5GHz with a GeForce II Ultra 64Mb under Quake III arena and its well known Demo001, shows a performance increase of more than 26%.

 

 

Always with Quake III arena but in 1024*768 resolution along with 32 bits colors the Pentium 4 is still on top letting the Athlon and its predecessor far behind. The performance increase is about 31% comparing to the Pentium III 1GHz.

Using the beta version of BAPCo Sysmark 2001 we get the results to our left. The graph express delays to run the whole serie of tests. As you can see the Pentium 4 1.5 GHz is the fastest since it runs all the test in only 29 minutes 04 seconds against 31 minutes 21 seconds for the Athlon 1.2GHz. This results are temporaries and we'll update them as soon as Sysmark 2001 final is released. Stay tune!

 

Actual benchmarking tools aren't yet ready for the Pentium 4. If we were lucky enough to have the most recent versions of the most popular tools, to test the Pentium 4 in good conditions, we're still waiting to receive the latest ZD Net 2001 benchmarking tools. As soon as we'll get them we'll update this page with new results.

Complete PC setup for PIII 1Ghz EB tests

Motherboard: Intel VC820 with latest bios and i820 chipset
CPU: Pentium III 600EB, Pentium III 800EB & Pentium III 1 GHz EB

Memory: 384Mb of RDRAM (Rambus) running at 800Mhz with ECC correction
Hard Disks: Maxtor 45
GB UDMA 100 7200rpm; Maxtor 30GB UDMA 66 7200rpm; Seagate 20Gb UDMA 66 7200 rpm
DVD: Pioneer DVD105 EIDE UDMA 3 16/40x
Display adapter: Hercules 3D Prophet II Ultra 64 MB with latest 6.35 drivers
Sound card: Sound Blaster Live! Platinum 5.1
Peripherals: Creative DXR3 card, Pinnacle Studio DV Plus, Promise Ultra ATA100 adapter, Adaptec AHA19160, Yamaha CRW2100E CD Burner (16x/10x/40x), Microsoft TrackBall Explorer, Microsoft Natural Keyboard Pro, Iomega ZIP 250 SCSI & Iomega JAZ II Go SCSI, Epson Perfection 1200 Photo USB, Bewan Gazel 128 USB ISDN modem & 3com Professional Message Modem.

Everything was running under Windows Millennium.

Complete PC setup for Pentium 4 1.5 GHz

Motherboard: Intel D850GB with latest bios and i850 chipset
CPU: Pentium 4 1.5 GHz

Memory: 384M
b of RDRAM (Rambus) running at 800MHz with ECC correction
Hard Disks: Maxtor 45
GB UDMA 100 7200rpm; Maxtor 30GB UDMA 66 7200rpm; Seagate 20GB UDMA 66 7200 rpm
DVD: Pioneer DVD105 EIDE UDMA 3 16/40x
Display adapter: Hercules 3D Prophet II Ultra 64MB with latest 6.35 drivers
Sound card: Sound Blaster Live! Platinum 5.1
Peripherals: Creative DXR3 card, Pinnacle Studio DV Plus, Promise Ultra ATA100 adapter, Adaptec AHA19160, Yamaha CRW2100E CD Burner (16x/10x/40x), Microsoft TrackBall Explorer, Microsoft Natural Keyboard Pro, Iomega ZIP 250 SCSI & Iomega JAZ II Go SCSI, Epson Perfection 1200 Photo USB, Bewan Gazel 128 USB ISDN modem & 3com Professional Message Modem.

Everything was running under Windows Millennium.

Complete PC setup for Athlon 1.2GHz

Motherboard: Abit KT7
CPU:
Athlon 1.2 GHz
Memory: 384M
b of SDRAM PC 133
Hard Disks: Maxtor 45
GB UDMA 100 7200rpm; Maxtor 30GB UDMA 66 7200rpm; Seagate 20GB UDMA 66 7200 rpm
DVD: Pioneer DVD105 EIDE UDMA 3 16/40x
Display adapter: Hercules 3D Prophet II Ultra 64MB with latest 6.35 drivers
Sound card: Sound Blaster Live! Platinum 5.1
Peripherals: Creative DXR3 card, Pinnacle Studio DV Plus, Promise Ultra ATA100 adapter, Adaptec AHA19160, Yamaha CRW2100E CD Burner (16x/10x/40x), Microsoft TrackBall Explorer, Microsoft Natural Keyboard Pro, Iomega ZIP 250 SCSI & Iomega JAZ II Go SCSI, Epson Perfection 1200 Photo USB, Bewan Gazel 128 USB ISDN modem & 3com Professional Message Modem.

Everything was running under Windows Millennium.

 

 

 

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