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    Intel Pentium 4-3.06 GHz Review
    By Vince Freeman :  November 14, 2002

    3DMark 2001SE Pro 32-bit Performance

    MadOnion's 3DMark 2001SE is a very popular 3D benchmark tool, and assuming the video card and driver revision is kept absolutely consistent, then it can be a good system/CPU test as well. 3DMark 2001SE also fills the dual role of doing some idea as to which processor may be the best fit for upcoming DirectX 8.X games. Benchmark testing was performed at the default setting of 1024x768, 32-bit color/textures, and Pure Hardware T&L support.

    The Pentium 4-3.06 GHz posts a record score for 3DMark 2001SE Pro testing here at Sharky Extreme, and almost breaks the 15,500 point mark. As with most game benchmarks, the addition of HT support does result in slightly faster performance, though not on the level a multithreading program would bring.

    Quake 3 Arena Performance

    Quake 3: Arena is our primary gaming benchmark here at SE and its design really shows off some of the advantages of current processors. Quake 3 is both floating-point intensive and has support for SIMD optimizations (MMX, 3DNow! and SSE), making it a great fit for processor testing. It also happens to be an extremely popular game and Quake 3 performance is often used as the barometer for many CPU and 3D video card purchases.

    Quake 3 testing is performed using High Quality detail and a 1024x768 resolution, and Quake 3 testing has also been updated to release 1.30, along with the standard "demo Four". Before moving onto the test results, we should note that the Pentium 4-3.06 GHz was not recognized as SMP-able by any of the Quake 3-engine games. The newer game versions automatically initialize SMP compatibility (left at OFF in our case) and when manually assigned, the games would hang. This is likely due to the Quake 3 engine coding, and it not accepting the HT Technology as a substitute for two physical processors.

    There's not much more we can say about the performance of Quake 3 on a Pentium 4, and the new Pentium 4-3.06 GHz maintains this tradition of ultra high-end performance. This is especially true of the i850E/PC1066 platform and it shows that Quake 3 still has some headroom that can be exploited.

    Serious Sam: The Second Encounter Performance

    Serious Sam: The Second Encounter is a great sequel in the popular franchise and the benchmark portion is even better than the original. This new game not only puts the pressure on processors and 3D cards (especially at higher resolutions) but provides some excellent in-game demos in wide open spaces with tons of enemies. For our specific tests, we have used the in-game Elephant Atrium demo to determine potential framerates, at 1024x768x32-bit.

    As we've proven in past reviews, the Serious Sam 2 benchmark is a bit old-school and thrives on raw power rather than special enhancements or features. This sounds fine for the Pentium 4-3.06 GHz, and it becomes the first processor to surpass the 200 fps level in our testing.


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    Page 1Introduction
    Page 2Hyper-Threading Technology
    Page 3Performance and Test Systems
    Page 4PCMark 2002 and SANDRA 2002 SP1 Performance
  • Page 53DMark 2001SE, Quake 3 & Serious Sam 2 Performance
    Page 6Castle Wolfenstein, Comanche 4 & UT 2003 Performance
    Page 7Analysis, Value and Conclusion

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