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

    Return to Castle Wolfenstein Performance

    Return to Castle Wolfenstein is another Quake-based game, but with some notable differences. The basic game engine may be the same, but the graphics, gameplay and stress it puts on a processor are very different. Until the next Quake game appears, RtCW is the next best way to determine high-end Quake engine performance. We have used the Checkpoint MP demo using the default High Quality detail settings and have upped the resolution to 1024x768.

    Our Return to Castle Wolfenstein benchmarking once again shows the Pentium 4-3.06 GHz well out in front, with the PC1066 RDRAM system even taking it to the PC2700 DDR PC.

    Comanche 4 Benchmark

    The Comanche 4 benchmark from Novalogic gives us an opportunity to use an actual flight sim for performance testing. Flight sims are notorious for their CPU-dependence, and this makes the Comanche 4 benchmark potentially a better CPU test than it is for 3D video cards. The reliance on the CPU shows itself off in the benchmark, and even the slightest difference in framerates could pay off in significantly enhanced game framerates. For our processor comparison, all testing has been performed at 1024x768, 32-bit with audio disabled.

    Comanche 4 was one area where we expected some noticeable performance gains. Although the program itself is not inherently multithreading, the huge CPU-dependence of the program would seem to make it a great test of multitasking. The Pentium 4-3.06 GHz did post some impressive scores, but certainly not too far above our expectations.

    Unreal Tournament 2003 Performance

    Unreal Tournament 2003 includes a benchmark program that automatically tests two separate modes. One is Flyby, which takes a canned tour of the UT game world and then offers up a framerate score and really hammers both the CPU and video card. The second is Botmatch, and this is a more game-oriented test than Flyby, and is a far more CPU-oriented test. In this section, weve tested UT 2003 at 1024x768 x 32-bit.

    The Unreal Tournament 2003 benchmarking follows the standard route of the other game tests, and demonstrates that the Pentium 4-3.06 GHz is currently the fastest CPU available. But since UT 2003 does not support multithreading, we're really looking at the high GHz providing any of the performance jump.

    The UT 2003 Demo Botmatch results are a bit more significant, as the Pentium 4-3.06 GHz gains at slightly higher rates than the 200 MHz clock speed increase should warrant. This is the CPU-bound portion of the UT 2003 benchmark, and does show slightly higher results with HT enabled.


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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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