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    Intel Pentium 4-2.53 and 2.4B GHz Review
    By Vince Freeman :  May 6, 2002

    Performance

    Our performance section gathers the fastest processors from Intel and AMD, along with what we feel are the absolute high-end of the platform range. The Intel Pentium 4-2.53, 2.4B, 2.4 and 2.2 GHz processors have been fully tested using the new i850E platform, and the Athlon XP 2100+ and 2000+ get the use of a powerful KT333/DDR333 combo for the evaluation. We haven't stopped there, and also provide SiS 645DX benchmark scores using the two 533 MHz Pentium 4 chips, to give a better idea on how the 533 MHz FSB rates out when using 333 MHz DDR.

    The memory portion is comprised of standard PC800 RDRAM for the i850E platform. This chipset does support PC1066 RDRAM, but in the case of this particular board, only basic SPD timings were available for our PC800. The KT333 and SiS 645DX platforms use high-speed Crucial PC2700 DDR, which has been set to CAS 2 along with increasing the other memory timings and settings to maximum. Keep this in mind while reading through the performance evaluation, as forthcoming i850E motherboards will certainly have greater control over RDRAM memory timings and may contribute to much higher performance levels.

    To make absolutely sure these powerful systems are given as much headroom as possible, we chose the GeForce4 Ti 4600 running on the standard 28.32 NVIDIA driver set. This allows a much faster reference base than a lower-end video card would, and also lets us increase our default game benchmark resolution to 1024x768x32. This is the standard resolution used by the vast majority of gamers, and is far more indicative of cutting-edge performance in 2002.

    Our operating system choice is Windows XP Pro, and our benchmark list includes Business and Content Creation Winstone, SiSoft SANDRA 2002 and PCMark 2002, along with popular game tests like 3DMark 2001SE, Return to Castle Wolfenstein, Quake 3, Serious Sam 2, Comanche 4 and Jedi Knight II.

    Test Systems

    General Settings:
    Desktop Resolution: 1024x768
    Color Depth: 16-bit
    V-Sync: Disabled

    Intel i850E - Intel D850EMV2 Motherboard
    Processors: 2.53, 2.4B, 2.4 and 2.2 GHz Intel Pentium 4
    Memory: 512 MB Kingston PC800 RDRAM
    Motherboard: Intel D850EMV2
    Motherboard chip set: Intel 850E
    NVIDIA reference drivers: 28.32
    Video Card: VisionTek Xtasy GeForce4 Ti 4600
    Hard-Drive: Western Digital 40GB 7200RPM ATA100
    IDE Interface: Ultra ATA100
    Sound: Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live
    CD/DVD: Panasonic DVD-ROM
    Power Supply: Sparkle 400 Watt
    Operating System: Windows XP Pro

    SiS 645DX - MSI 645E Max 2 Motherboard
    Processors: 2.53 and 2.4B GHz Intel Pentium 4
    Memory: 512 MB Crucial PC2700 DIMM
    Motherboard: MSI 645E Max 2
    Motherboard chip set: SiS 645DX
    NVIDIA reference drivers: 28.32
    Video Card: VisionTek Xtasy GeForce4 Ti 4600
    Hard-Drive: Western Digital 40GB 7200RPM ATA100
    IDE Interface: Ultra ATA100
    Sound: Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live
    CD/DVD: Panasonic DVD-ROM
    Power Supply: Sparkle 400 Watt
    Operating System: Windows XP Pro

    VIA KT333 - MSI KT3 ULTRA
    Processors: Athlon XP 2100+ and 2000+
    Memory: 512 MB Crucial PC2700 DIMM
    Motherboard: MSI KT3 ULTRA
    Motherboard chip set: VIA KT333
    NVIDIA reference drivers: 28.32
    Video Card: VisionTek Xtasy GeForce4 Ti 4600
    Hard-Drive: Western Digital 40GB 7200RPM ATA100
    IDE Interface: Ultra ATA/100
    Sound: Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live
    CD/DVD: Panasonic DVD-ROM
    Power Supply: Sparkle 400 Watt
    Operating System: Windows XP Pro

    Quake III Arena Test Specifics
    Version: 1.30 (retail)
    V-Sync: Disabled
    Sound Disabled
    Video Modes Tested:
    High Quality: Defaults

    Return to Castle Wolfenstein Specifics:
    Version 1.0
    Normal and HQ Defaults
    Checkpoint MP demo

    Serious Sam: The Second Encounter Specifics:
    Version 1.05
    Elephant Atrium demo

    Jedi Knight II Specifications:
    Version 1.02
    jk2ffa demo, High Quality defaults

    3DMark 2001 Pro SE Specifics
    : Version 1.0

    Content Creation: Winstone 2001 Test Specifics:
    Version: 1.0.3

    Business Winstone 2002 Test Specifics:
    Version 1.0.1
    PCMark 2002 Pro Test Specifics:
    Build 100


    Page 1 Introduction
    Page 2 The Pentium 4-2.53 and 2.4B GHz
    Page 3 The Intel 850E
  • Page 4 Performance and Test Systems
    Page 5 Business and Content Creation Winstone Performance
    Page 6 SANDRA 2002 and SYSmark 2002 Performance
    Page 7 PCMark 2002 Pro Performance
    Page 8 3DMark 2001SE Pro and Quake 3: Arena Performance
    Page 9 Serious Sam & Return to Castle Wolfenstein Performance
    Page 10 Comanche 4 and Jedi Knight II Performance
    Page 11 Benchmark Analysis and Conclusion


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