The Intel Pentium 4 processor is the seventh generation x86 microprocessor architecture from the Intel Corporation. Many months ago at the Intel Developer Forum 2000, Intel released what was known as the Willamette core, this turned out to be the code name of the Intel Pentium 4 processor that was to be released months after IDF.
The new seventh generation micro architecture from the Intel Corporation was a much-needed one. The sixth generation architecture was used with the Intel Celeron, Pentium II and Pentium III in both socket and slot packaging. Because of the somewhat short 10-stage pipeline which the AMD Athlon and Duron processors also use, the quickly aging architecture was maxed out in terms of achieving stable clock speeds past 1.13GHz, at this speed the system (Intel Pentium 3 FC-PGA 0.18 micron process) would crash even when giving the processor a voltage boost. As much as Intel tried, they couldn't get much stability out of the sixth generation core when the clock speed was clocked past 1.1GHz, mainly because of the limited 10-stage pipeline which was being pushed right to it's limits. As time goes on, end-users require more power from their systems and Intel couldn't give them this with their sixth generation micro architecture. The same applies for programmers, they require more power and features to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of their work. Intel got a lot of value from their sixth generation micro architecture design, but it was time for a change, and a big one at that.
In this review of the Intel Pentium 4 1.5GHz processor (which was kindly supplied to us by Intel Australia), we will take you on a journey looking at the new features it possesses, overclocking, the monstrous heatsink and new retention style, the upgrade, benchmarking against an AMD Athlon processor and Intel Pentium 3 processor and much more in which we will try not to make just another review of the Intel Pentium 4 processor.