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Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz Review

Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: If you want top end Intel performance it's about the only option you have because while the Northwood P4's have been announced, they're still in short supply.
Filed under: CPU / Processors Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Intel Feb 15 2002   Colin Sun  
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Overall System Benchmarks

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
Intel Pentium 4 2 GHz Sysmarks Ranking
1. Internet Content Creation - 100 MHz 210
2 Internet Content Creation - 108 MHz 221
1 Office Productivity - 100 MHz 139
2. Office Productivity - 108 MHz 157

The P4 2 GHz does very well in the Internet Content side of SysMark2001, those are the highest scores we've seen here in our labs. It's not surprising as a lot of the benchmarking software takes advantage of SSE technology, and that's been around since the Pentium III 450 was released. The Office Productivity benchmark is another story though. While the score is respectable for a Pentium4 CPU, they're not that great compared to AMD's Athlon/XP processors. A user would be hard pressed to notice the differences however.

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
Intel Pentium 4 2 GHz Scores Ranking
1.

Content Creation - 100 MHz

62.7
1a. Content Creation - 108 MHz 65
2. Business Winstone - 100 MHz 45
2a. Business Winstone - 108 MHz 47.9

As we saw in SysMark2001, the P4 does what we expected to see in the Winstone benchmarks - performance on par with previous Pentium 4 chips, but less than that of AMD chips like the Athlon XP 2000+. Intel has always been the darling in the corporate world, and these scores in Content Creation and Business Winstone prove that it can adequately handle anything the office environment is likely to throw at it. Realistically, a PIII 1.0GHz would produce lower scores however a user really wouldn't notice the impact.

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 2 GHz 8.67
2. Intel Pentium4 2.16 GHz 9.47

DRV_07

1. Intel Pentium4 2 GHz 20.76
2. Intel Pentium4 2.16 GHz 22.33

DX_06

1. Intel Pentium4 2 GHz 33.46
2. Intel Pentium4 2.16 GHz 35.69

Unlike what happened to the P4 1.5 GHz (it got killed in these benchmarks), the 2GHz model actually does quite well in these tests. It seems Intel was right, the Pentium 4's performance increases along with the clock speed in CAD intesive applications which require high FPU. Note, there are no SSE2 enhancements in SPECviewPerf.

SuperPI Source: SuperPI

SuperPI calculates the number PI to 1 Million digits in this raw number crunching benchmark. The benchmark is fairly diverse and allows the user to change the number of digits of PI that can be calculated from 16 Thousand to 32 Million. The benchmark, which uses 19 iterations in the test, is set 1 Million digits.

Lower numbers denote faster calculation times (seconds), and hence, better performance.

Super PI (1 Million digits) Benchmark Results (Lower is better)
Processor seconds Ranking
1. Pentium4 2.0GHz 96 sec
2. Pentium4 2.16GHz 90 sec

SuperPI is a benchmark that calculates Pi to 1 million digits which is a pure FPU test. The P4 doesn't do too well compared to an Athlon XP2000+ which can complete the test almost 20sec faster!

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Contents of Article: Intel Pentium4 2.0GHz
 Pg 1.  Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz Review
 Pg 2.  — Overall System Benchmarks
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