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Product: Pentium 4 2.53GHz & Intel D850EMV2 Motherboard
Company: Intel
Website: http://www.intel.com
Estimated Street Price:
$637
Review By: Julien Jay

Synthetic Benchmarks

Table Of Contents
1: Introduction
2: CPU Architecture
3: SSE2 Instructions & P4 2.53GHz CPU Design
4: Intel i82850e Chipset
5: Intel D850EMV2 Motherboard
6: Intel D850EMV2 Advanced Features
7: Synthetic Benchmarks
8: Games Benchmarks
9: Applications Benchmarks
10: Benchmarks analysis
11:
Conclusion

   We have tested the Pentium 4 2.53 GHz with the latest D850EMV2 motherboard from Intel. We ran many benchmarks to compare the Pentium 4 2.53 GHz with other Pentium 4 processors (including P4 2.4GHz FSB 533MHz & P4 2.4GHz FSB400) and its eternal AMD rival: the Athlon XP 2000+. We even managed to retrieve some precious PC1066 Rambus to compare the performance of a Pentium 4 2.53GHz running with PC800 memory and the same system with PC1066 memory. To run our various tests we used the latest bios available from Intel & Epox with 256 MB of memory and with a Hercules 3D Prophet II Ultra (based on the GeForce 2 Ultra GPU) graphic board. The hard disks used were a Maxtor UDMA 100 7200 RPM 30 GB and a IBM UDMA 100 - 7200RPM 40 GB. You can read the complete PC Setup below.

  • Complete PC setup for FSB 533Mhz Pentium 4

Motherboard: Intel D850EMV2 with latest P13 bios and i850e chipset
CPU: Pentium 4
2.4GHz/2.53GHz
Memory:
256Mb of PC800 RDRAM (Rambus) with ECC correction or 256Mb of PC1066 RDRAM (Rambus)
Hard Disk:
Maxtor 30GB UDMA 100 7200rpm
DVD:
Pioneer DVD 106
Display adapter: Hercules 3D Prophet I
I Ultra 64MB with latest 28.32 drivers
Peripherals: Microsoft
TrackBall Optical, Microsoft Office Keyboard.
Everything was running under Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP
2 with DirectX 8.1 installed and the Intel Chipset & Intel Application Accelerator Drivers
.
 

  • Complete PC setup for FSB 400MHz Pentium 4

Motherboard: Intel D850MD with P06 bios and i850 chipset
CPU: Pentium 4 2.0A GHz, 2.2GHz, 2.4GHz

Memory:
256Mb of PC800 RDRAM (Rambus) with ECC correction
Hard Disk:
Maxtor 30GB UDMA 100 7200rpm
DVD:
Goldstar
Display adapter: Hercules 3D Prophet I
I Ultra 64MB with latest 28.32 drivers
Peripherals: Yamaha CRW2100E CD Burner (16x/10x/40x), Microsoft
TrackBall Optical, Microsoft Office Keyboard.
Everything was running under Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP
2 with DirectX 8.1 installed and the Intel Chipset & Intel Application Accelerator Drivers
.

  • Complete PC setup for Athlon XP 2000+

    Motherboard: Epox 8KHA+
    CPU: AMD Athlon XP 2000+
    Memory: 256MB of PC2100 DDR
    Hard Disk: IBM 40GB UDMA 100 7200rpm
    DVD: Pioneer 106
    Display adapter: Hercules 3D Prophet II Ultra 64MB with latest 28.32 drivers
    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.

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. In this test the Pentium 4 2.53GHz teamed up with Rambus 1066 memory gets kudos and beats all other processors, including the Athlon XP 2000+. You'll notice that the Pentium 4 2.4GHz FSB 533MHz with PC800 Rambus performs only 2% better than the Pentium 4 2.4GHz FSB 400MHz demonstrating that the FSB533MHz is useless if it's not couple with PC1066 Rambus. A Pentium 4 2.53GHz with PC1066 rambus performs 4% better than the same CPU with PC800 memory.

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.

The Athlon XP 2000+ beats every Intel Pentium 4 processors thanks to its architecture optimized for mathematic operations. The Intel Pentium 4 2.53 GHz with PC1066 arrives second. According to our results, the Pentium 4 2.53GHz is 12% slower than the AMD Athlon XP 2000+. Whatever memory was used with our Pentium 4 2.4 GHz sample (PC800 or PC1066), the result remains the same. However the Pentium 4 2.53GHz with PC1066 memory completes the whole test a little bit faster than the same CPU using PC800 memory.

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 34% better than the one of an AMD Athlon XP 2000+. The Pentium 4 2.4GHz with a 533MHz FSB gets a sligthly better MFLOPS result than the Pentium 2.4GHz with a 400MHz FSB.

Opting for Rambus 1066 significantly enhances  the MIPS result provided by SiSoft Sandra by 3%, while the MFLOPS score remains almost identical.

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 by 16% the Pentium 4 2.2Ghz. The Athlon XP 2000+ fells in the bottom of the ranking: AMD's CPU is outclassed by the Pentium 4 2.53GHz by 24%.

This test reveals the Pentium 4 2.4GHz FSB533MHz with PC800 memory is only 1% faster than the Pentium 4 2.4GHz FSB400MHz. Changing Rambus memory doesn't affect that much performance: a Pentium 4 2.53GHz with PC1066 Rambus is 0.5% faster than the same CPU using PC800 Rambus.

 

 Intel D850EMV2 Advanced Features Games Benchmarks

 

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