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Intel Pentium 4 "Northwood" CPU Review - Intel Pentium 4 2.2GHz - Page 6

With all the buzz going around about the new Northwood Pentium 4 processors, Intel seems to be on the verge of a large push to regain market share. But is all the hype really true? Come join Cameron "Sov" Johnson as he digs into the newest processor to wear the Intel moniker; namely the Intel Pentium 4 2.2GHz Northwood.

| Intel CPUs in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Jan 28, 2002 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%      Manufacturer: Intel Corporation

Conclusion

 

Since the Intel Pentium 4's humble beginnings as a Socket 423 RDRAM monster with little to offer, this processor has gained strength in the market sector. Introduction of cheaper platform solutions from VIA, SiS, ALi and even Intel has made the Pentium 4 much more attractive. Even with RDRAM systems, OEM's did not hesitate to introduce the Pentium 4 into the lines, and with i845 SDRAM chipsets, the Pentium 4 has taken the desktop market. While the Willamette was good, it wasn't great. This new Northwood is definitely the big hit that has been in Intel's mind.

 

While I found the Northwood to give better performance that its Willamette brother (due to increasing L2 cache), it still didn't produce earth shattering performance. Stability of the Northwood was remarkable as it took over 100 applications running at the same time to crash the it.

 

Overclocking is the Northwood core's biggest asset. With reduction in voltage and die size, the Northwood sample we received reached a whopping 2.80GHz with only a 0.5v increase. Due to memory restrictions of the RDRAM system, trying to run 133Mhz FSB to give us a 3GHz result wasn't possible; but other chipsets may bring better luck

 

Overall, the Northwood is a full blown step in the right direction for Intel, and shows that they can keep the clock speeds high. This makes them an attractive feature to the first time buyer.

 

- Pros

 

Fast

 

Stable

 

Built in Thermal Protection

 

Extreme overclocker

 

- Cons

 

Multiplier is locked; no way to unlock

 

Rating - 9/10

 

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