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Product: Pentium 4 2.4GHz
Company: Intel
Website: http://www.intel.com
Estimated Street Price:
$562
Review By: Julien Jay

Applications Benchmarks

Table Of Contents
1: Introduction
2: CPU Architecture
3: SSE2 Instructions & P4 2.4GHz CPU Design
4: Synthetic Benchmarks
5: Games Benchmarks
6: Applications Benchmarks
7: Benchmarks analysis
8:
Conclusion

Table Of Contents
1: Introduction
2: CPU Architecture
3: SSE2 Instructions & P4 2.4GHz CPU Design
4: Synthetic Benchmarks
5: Games Benchmarks
6: Applications Benchmarks
7: Benchmarks analysis
8:
Conclusion
Business Winstone is a system-level, application-based benchmark that measures a PC's overall performance when running today's top-selling Windows-based 32-bit applications on Windows 98 SE, Windows NT 4.0 (SP6 or later), Windows 2000, Windows Me, or Windows XP. Business Winstone doesn't mimic what these packages do; it runs real applications through a series of scripted activities and uses the time a PC takes to complete those activities to produce its performance scores.

For our tests we used ZD Business Winstone 2001 1.02. As you can see the Pentium 4 1.7GHz gives a slightly better result than the Pentium III 1.2GHz while the Celeron 1.3GHz has a small advance over the Pentium 4 1.7GHz. The Athlon XP 2000+ arrives fourth: it is beaten by the Pentium 4 2.0a GHz, 2.2Ghz and 2.4GHz. The Pentium 4 2.4GHz is 14% faster than the Athlon XP 2000+ according to this test.

ZD Winstone 2001 shows how important is the on-die L2 cache memory a CPU has to offer: the Pentium 4 2.0AGHz is 12% than the Pentium 4 2.0GHz according to the results we got.
 

Content Creation Winstone 2002 is a system-level, application-based benchmark that measures a PC's overall performance when running top, Windows-based, 32-bit, content creation applications on Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows Me, or Windows XP. Following the lead of real users, Content Creation Winstone 2002 keeps multiple applications open at once and switches among those applications. Content Creation Winstone 2002 is a single large test that runs the above applications through a series of scripted activities and returns a single score. Those activities focus on what we call "hot spots," periods of activity that make your PC really work--the times where you're likely to see an hourglass or a progress bar.

For our tests we used Content Creation 2002. This test shows how important the new SSE2 instructions of a Pentium 4 are for multimedia applications. Just like for Ziff Davis Business Winstone 2001, the Pentium 2.4GHz is on top of the race. It overtakes the Pentium 4 2.2GHz by 7%. The Pentium 4 2.0a GHz beats the Athlon XP 2000+ by 2%. The Athlon XP 2000+ arrives fourth being 15% slower than the Pentium 4 2.4GHz.

SYSMark 2002 remains an essential and very good benchmarking tool that is definitely not biased. SYSmark 2002 is meant for the serious benchmarking professional. It includes a robust set of 14 application benchmarks covering a wide range of Internet Content Creation and Office Productivity application categories. The applications emulate usage patterns of today's desktop business user that includes concurrent execution of applications. We have tested Intel and AMD platforms with SYSMark 2002 and the results speak for themselves.

The Pentium 4 2.4GHz simply excels under SYSMark 2002: it's 6% faster than the Pentium 4 2.2GHz and 13% faster than the Pentium 4 2.0a GHz. But the most interesting thing this benchmark reveals concerns the Athlon XP 2000+. It gets one of the worst result arriving at the fifth place with a little advance over the Pentium 4 1.7GHz. The Athlon XP is penalized under SYSmark 2002 by its poor multimedia performances. The Pentium 4 2.4GHz outperforms the Athlon XP 2000+ by 33%.

 

 Games Benchmarks Benchmarks Analysis

 

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