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Product: Pentium 4 2.8GHz & Intel D845EBT Motherboard
Company: Intel
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Review By: Julien Jay

Benchmarks Analysis

Table Of Contents
1: Introduction
2: CPU Architecture
3: SSE2 Instructions & P4 2.8GHz CPU Design
4: Intel i82845e Chipset
5: Intel D845EBT Motherboard
6: Intel D845EBT Sound Features
7: Synthetic Benchmarks
8: Games Benchmarks
9: Applications Benchmarks
10: Benchmarks analysis

   Logically the Pentium 4 2.8 GHz is the most powerful processor that surpasses every other platform, including AMD’s Athlon XP. It’s a fact the Pentium 4 2.8 GHz blows away every other CPU. However you’ll note that the AMD Athlon XP 2200+, running in fact at 1666 MHz gets an honorable score when facing a processor that is so much faster. More interesting is the fact that results from games like Quake III Arena seem to reach their ceiling: at a certain moment the brut frequency of the CPU doesn’t help to significantly enhance the results anymore since the code of these programs is old and not optimised for the Pentium 4. The same phenomenom seems to appear with the Pentium 4 2.8GHz for office benchmarks: indeed in general the Pentium 4 2.8GHz advance over the Pentium 2.66GHz is extremely reduced.

Ziff Davis has finally fixed the bug of their benchmarking programs so the results we got were consistent enough to be published. Nonetheless ZD’s poorly written code generally clogged up the Pentium 4 pipeline resulting in random errors and abnormal results. 

All those tests have shown the Rambus 1066 memory helps in delivering better results making it the ideal companion for Pentium 4 FSB533 processors.

If most actual benchmarking tools now take into play the specific Pentium 4 intrinsic characteristics, they’re not focused enough on what the Pentium 4 does the best: multimedia. Indeed while the Pentium III platform is an all-terrain one the Pentium 4 has been designed for high demanding multimedia applications and 3D games. The Pentium 4 is the ultimate solution to enjoy high speed times when using high-end multimedia applications that code into MPEG 2, rip into WMA or MP3, mount videos, add special effects to videos, etc.

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