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Three Pentium 4 Amigos - Northwood, Gallatin and Prescott Compared

By: Cameron Johnson | Intel CPUs in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: May 13, 2004 4:00 am

Test Systems Setup

 

- Pentium 4 Test System

 

Motherboard: ABIT IC7-MAX3

 

Memory: 2x 256MB OCZ DDR-533 (Supplied by OCZ)

 

Hard Disk: Western Digital 120GB 7200RPM PATA (Supplied by Plus Corporation)

 

Graphics Card: ATI Radeon 9800 XT

 

Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP1

 

Drivers: ATI Catalyst 4.4

 

- AMD Athlon 64 Test System

 

Motherboard: Gigabyte K8KNNXP (Supplied by Gigabyte)

 

Memory: 2x 256MB OCZ DDR-533 (Supplied by OCZ)

 

Hard Disk: Western Digital 120GB 7200RPM PATA (Supplied by Plus Corporation)

 

Graphics Card: ATI Radeon 9800 XT

 

Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP1

 

Drivers: ATI Catalyst 4.4

 

- AMD Athlon XP Test System

 

Motherboard: DFI nForce 2 LANPARTY (Supplied by DFI)

 

Memory: 2x 256MB OCZ DDR-533 (Supplied by OCZ)

 

Hard Disk: Western Digital 120GB 7200RPM PATA (Supplied by Plus Corporation)

 

Graphics Card: ATI Radeon 9800 XT

 

Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP1

 

Drivers: ATI Catalyst 4.4

 

SiSoft Sandra 2004 SP1

 

SiSoft Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) 2004 is a synthetic windows benchmark that features different tests used to evaluate different PC subsystems.

 

 

 

 

No, this isn't a mistake. The P4 Prescott falls behind in CPU optimisations no matter how many times we ran the benchmark - it seems Sandra isn't optimised for SSE3 yet.

 

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