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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

Applications 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

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 2.0AGHz gives a slightly better result than the AMD Athlon XP 2000+. For some reason the Pentium 4 2.4GHz has a slightly better result than the Pentium 4 2.53GHz: this is certainly due to a bug in Ziff Davis benchmarking software. The Pentium 4 2.53GHz is 17% faster than the Athlon XP 2000+ according to this test. The Pentium 4 2.4GHz FSB 533 outperforms the Pentium 4 2.4GHz FSB400 by 1.5% when used with PC800 memory and by 2% when used with PC1066 memory.
 

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 2.53GHz is on top of the race. It overtakes the Pentium 4 2.4GHz by 8%. The Pentium 4 2.0a GHz beats the Athlon XP 2000+ by 2%. The Athlon XP 2000+ arrives last being 23% slower than the Pentium 4 2.53GHz.

This test shows a Pentium 4 2.53GHz with PC1066 memory is 1.5% faster than a Pentium 4 2.53GHz with PC800 memory.

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 2.53GHz is the boss under SYSMark 2002: it's 7% faster than the Pentium 4 2.4GHz FSB400 and 13% faster than the Pentium 4 2.0a GHz. According to SYSMark 2002, a Pentium 4 2.53GHz using PC1066 memory is 4% faster than if it was using PC800. At the sixth and last place, the Athlon XP is penalized under SYSmark 2002 by its poor multimedia performances crippled down by the DDR memory. The Pentium 4 2.53GHz outperforms the Athlon XP 2000+ by 45%.

 

 Games Benchmarks Benchmarks Analysis

 

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