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Intel Pentium 4 2.4GHz Processor Review - Intel Pentium 4 2.4GHz - Page 8

Intel's most recent addition to the Pentium 4 line is the now famous Northwood core. This new core added more cache and reduced the size of the P4 die to allow for greater clock speeds, less heat emissions and reduction in the power needed to run the CPU. Northwood debut at 2.0A GHz, replacing the Willamette core 2.0GHz, so far Intel have remained steady in its speed production with the 2.2GHz and now our latest sample from Intel, the 2.4GHz Northwood. The NDA for this processor has just expired, follow Cameron "Sov" Johnson as he tells us all about it!

| Intel CPUs in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Apr 2, 2002 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%      Manufacturer: Intel

Conclusion

 

While in the past we have given the Pentium 4 some harsh criticism for its lackluster performance compared to the AMD Athlon XP using slower clocks speeds, there is no doubt that Intel has proven to itself that MHz can count for quite a bit. When the Intel P4 uses SSE2 to augment its slower ALU units, the AMD Athlon XP is out-classed. While the overclockers and hardcore users know about AMD and its Performance Rating system, OEM's and end users do not and prefer to have a name rather than a PR system. This is what has kept Intel on top of the CPU market and shows with a 2.4GHz CPU well before AMD has even a 2GHz processor out.

 

On its overclocking skills, the Pentium 4 Northwood core is unmatched. 0.13 micron process allows for lower voltages and greater speeds as we have seen earlier on, and with this being just the beginning of the P4 Northwood, we are guaranteed some remarkable CPU's from Intel very shortly.

 

- Pros

 

Fast

 

Stable

 

Built-in thermal diode

 

No extra logic circuits needed for CPU thermal protection

 

Very overclockable

 

- Cons

 

Rather pricey

 

Rating - 9/10 and TweakTown's Editors Choice Award

 

 

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