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  • With the release of the Pentium 4-2.0 GHz processor following so closely on the heels of the 1.8 GHz, Intel has dealt AMD a one-two punch and now has had two successive high-end releases without a response from AMD. This now makes the high-performance market a 3-horse race, with both the Pentium 4-1.8 and 2.0 GHz taking a run at AMD's flagship Athlon 1.4 GHz. Exactly how fast is the Pentium 4-2.0 GHz and does it have the juice to beat AMD across the board? Is the Intel strategy of racking the Pentium 4 clock speed finally going to pay off with a stunning benchmark victory? These are all questions we were asking ourselves, so read on to see exactly how the benchmark war progressed and find out if we finally can crown a single winner.

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

    2.0 GHz Pentium 4 / PC800 / Intel D850MD
    Processor: 2.0 GHz Intel Pentium 4
    Memory: 256 MB Kingston PC800 RDRAM
    Motherboard: Intel D850MD
    Motherboard chip set: Intel 850
    INTEL specific drivers:
    IDE Interface: 6.01.008
    AGP Miniport: 2.50.1.0
    NVIDIA reference drivers: 12.41
    Video Card: NVIDIA reference ELSA Gladiac 920 GeForce3
    Hard-Drive: IBM 30GB Deskstar 7200RPM DMA/100
    IDE Interface: Ultra ATA/100
    Sound: Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live
    CD/DVD: Panasonic 40X CD-ROM
    Power Supply: Antec 300 Watt
    Operating System: Windows 98SE / Windows 2000 Professional SP2

    1.8 GHz Pentium 4 / PC800 / Intel D850GB
    Processor: 1.8 GHz Intel Pentium 4
    Memory: 256 MB Kingston PC800 RDRAM
    Motherboard: Intel D850GB
    Motherboard chip set: Intel 850
    INTEL specific drivers:
    IDE Interface: 6.01.008
    AGP Miniport: 2.50.1.0
    NVIDIA reference drivers: 12.41
    Video Card: NVIDIA reference ELSA Gladiac 920 GeForce3
    Hard-Drive: IBM 30GB Deskstar 7200RPM DMA/100
    IDE Interface: Ultra ATA/100
    Sound: Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live
    CD/DVD: Panasonic 40X CD-ROM
    Power Supply: Antec 300 Watt
    Operating System: Windows 98SE / Windows 2000 Professional SP2

    1.4 GHz Athlon (133) / PC2100 / FIC AD11
    Processor: 1.4 GHz AMD Athlon
    Memory: 256 MB Micron PC2100 DIMM
    Motherboard: FIC AD11
    Motherboard chip set: AMD 761 north bridge / VIA 686B south bridge
    Gigabyte/AMD/VIA specific drivers:
    AGP Miniport: 4.80/5.22
    VIA Drivers: 432
    NVIDIA reference drivers: 12.41
    Video Card: NVIDIA reference ELSA Gladiac 920 GeForce3
    Hard-Drive: IBM 30GB Deskstar 7200RPM DMA/100
    IDE Interface: Ultra ATA/100
    Sound: Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live
    CD/DVD: Panasonic 40X CD-ROM
    Power Supply: Antec 300 Watt
    Operating System: Windows 98SE / Windows 2000 Professional SP2

    Quake III Arena Test Specifics
    Version: 1.1 (retail)
    V-Sync: Disabled
    Video Modes Tested:
    Normal: Defaults, 640x460x16
    High Quality: Defaults
    Max: High Quality Default, Geometric Detail: Maximum, Texture Detail: Maximum

    3DMark 2001 Pro Test Specifics:

    • Version 1.1

    Content Creation: Winstone 2001 Test Specifics

    • Version: 1.0.1

    Business Winstone 2001 Test Specifics

    • Version 1.0.1

    BAPCO SysMark 2001 Test Specifics:

    • Patch2





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