PCMark 2004 Pro is a much-needed upgrade to the standard 2002 version, and along with adapting to the ever-changing hardware world, FutureMark has also added some new tests. The PCMark 2004 design still cuts a line between purely synthetic and application-based benchmarks, and provides a more general view of computer performance. PCMark 2004 performs general use tasks such as image compression, grammar check, and audio conversion, while combining this with a selection of similar benchmarks for individual system components. As we're dealing with processors and subsystem performance, the main tests we'll be looking at are the System and Memory results.
If AMD had the advantage in Winstone testing, then Intel turns the tables when it comes to PCMark 2004. The PCMark 2004 System results show the newest LGA775 processors with a nice lead over their AMD counterparts, and the Pentium 4 560 takes Intel performance to the next stage. The Pentium 4-3.4 GHz EE comparison didn't fare quite as well, and the older Socket 478 platform achieves slightly higher scores than the newer LGA775 system, although these are certainly not game-breakers.
The PCMark 2004 Memory benchmarks are getting extremely tight, and with the addition of DDR2, the Intel side has definitely closed the gap. The dual-channel DDR Athlon 64-based platforms are still the top performers, although by a slim margin, but the improvement from the previous Pentium 4-3.4E GHz results are impressive. The Pentium 4-3.4 GHz EE relative scores do favor LGA775, but not to the same level.
The PCMark 2004 Pro CPU testing is where the Hyper-Threading advantage really comes out, and the Intel processor finish significantly higher than their AMD counterparts. Another key is the higher results for LGA775 compared to Socket 478, and the higher score of the new Pentium 4-3.4 GHz EE (LGA775) is a good sign for this new platform.