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Intel Pentium 4 1.5 GHz (m478) Review

Intel Pentium 4 1.5 GHz (m478) Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: With a street price of $240 CDN currently, the P4 1.5GHz is hardly cheap, but it is quite inexpensive compared to the top of the line Pentium4 models.
Filed under: CPU / Processors Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Intel Feb 07 2002   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarking the 1.5GHz Intel P4

Test System Specs:
Processor: Intel Pentium 4 1.5 GHz
overclocked to 1.64 GHz
Motherboard: Shuttle AV45GTR
Chipset: VIA P4X266A
Videocard:

MSI G3Ti500 Pro-VTG (GeForce3 Ti500 240/500)

Network Card:

Not Used

Memory:

256 MB OCZ PC2400

Hard Drive: 10GB Maxtor DiamondMax
CDROM: Panasonic CR-594-B 48x CD-ROM
Floppy:

Panasonic 1.44 MB Floppy

Heatsink: AVC Heatsink Fan
PowerSupply: Icute4 4200 (400W)

Software Setup:

Windows 2000 Pro + SP2
VIA 4in1 4.37
DetonatorXP 22.80

Benchmarks

SysMark 2001 + Patch 3
Business Winstone 2001
Content Creation 2001
SPECviewperf 6.1.2
SiSoft Sandra 2002 Pro
3DMark2001
Return to Castle Wolfenstein

Please remember when viewing the overclocked numbers, keep in mind the system is overclocked as well.

BAPCO Sysmark 2001 Source:MadOnion / BAPco

SYSmark2001 uses real world applications concurrently as an accurate way to test the system by following patterns that reflect the way real users work. SYSmark2001's workloads accurately represent today's updated business usage model. The benchmark runs at a realistic execution speed, with think times between application interactions, in order to emulate a desktop user's interaction with the operating system and applications.

Higher numbers denote better performance.

BapCo SysMark 2001 Benchmark Results
Processor Sysmarks Ranking
1. Internet Content Creation - 1.5 GHz 169
2 Internet Content Creation - 1.64 GHz 184
1 Office Productivity - 1.5 GHz 126
2. Office Productivity - 1.64 GHz 134

Since most of the applications used in SysMark2001 don't have SSE2 code written into it, the P4 doesn't do too well here. Just like Intel said, with marginal overclock, the numbers shoot up quite a bit! The P4 needs to have a high clock speed.

Winstone 2001 Source: Zdnet

Content Creation Winstone 2001 keeps multiple applications open at once and switches among those applications. Content Creation Winstone 2001's 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.

Business Winstone is a system-level, application-based benchmark that measures a PC's overall performance when running today's Windows-based 32-bit applications on Windows 98 ME, Windows NT 4.0 (SP6 or later), Windows 2000, Windows Me, or Windows XP which 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.

Winstone 2001 Benchmark Results
Processor Scores Ranking
1.

Content Creation - 1.5 GHz

54.7
1a.

Content Creation - 1.64 GHz

59.2
2. Business Winstone - 1.5 GHz 37.9
2a. Business Winstone - 1.64 GHz 38.7

The same story is being told here. Because of the longer pipelines, the integer portion of the CPU is quite weak. Again, there are no SSE2 optimizations in this benchmark.

SPECviewPerf 6.1.2 Source: SPEC.org

SPECviewperf™ is a portable OpenGL performance benchmark program written in C. It was developed by IBM. Later updates and significant contributions were made by SGI, Digital and other SPECopcSM project group members. SPECviewperf provides a vast amount of flexibility in benchmarking OpenGL performance. Currently, the program runs on most implementations of UNIX, Windows NT, Windows 95/98 and Linux.Higher numbers equate to better performance.

SPECviewperf 6.1.2 Benchmark Results
Processor / Test Score Ranking

Light_04

1. Intel Pentium4 1.5 GHz 7.23
2. Intel Pentium4 1.64 GHz 7.45

DRV_07

1. Intel Pentium4 1.5 GHz 18.49
2. Intel Pentium4 1.64 GHz 18.59

DX_06

1. Intel Pentium4 1.5 GHz 21.87
2. Intel Pentium4 1.64 GHz 23.26

SPECviewperf simply brings the P4 to it's knees. For the first time in history, with the Pentium4 Intel released a CPU with lousy FPU power. The reason behind this is because they're banking that SSE2 will be adopted relatively quick since even AMD is going to be using it. Also, most people who buy P4's for 3D applications won't use something this old.

Sisoft Sandra 2001 Source: Sandra

Sandra is designed to test the theoretical power of a complete system and individual components. The numbers taken though are again, purely theoretical and may not represent real world performance.

SiSoft Sandra 2001 Benchmark Results
Intel Pentium4 Score

Multimedia Benchmark

1. Integer SSE - 1.5 GHz 6086 it/s
1a. Integer SSE - 1.64 GHz 6556 it/s
2. Floating-Point SSE - 1.5 GHz 7345 it/s
2a. Floating-Point SSE - 1.64 GHz 7957 it/s

CPU Benchmark

3. Dhrystone ALU - 1.5 GHz 2965 MIPS
3a. Dhrystone ALU - 1.64 GHz 3174 MIPs
4. Whetstone FPU - 1.5 GHz 792 (FPU)/1862 (SSE2) MFLOPS
4a. Whetstone FPU - 1.64 GHz 867 (FPU)/2022 (SSE2) MFLOPS

Memory Benchmark

5. Integer ALU - 1.5 GHz 2067 MB/s
5a. Integer ALU - 1.64 GHz 2259 MB/s
6. Float FPU - 1.5 GHz 2068 MB/s
6a. Float FPU - 1.64 GHz 2251 MB/s

Sandra 2002 is very good at testing the P4's theoretical power. While the numbers aren't spectacular, one thing you should notice is, again with the little increase in clock speed, the scores DO go up quite dramatically. This shows exactly what Intel said, the P4 was made to scale high.

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Contents of Article: Intel Pentium4 1.5GHz
 Pg 1.  Intel Pentium 4 1.5 GHz (m478) Review
 Pg 2.  — Benchmarking the 1.5GHz Intel P4
 Pg 3.  Gaming Benchmarks and Conclusion

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