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Survival of the Fittest - Intel Pentium 4 3.2GHz vs. AMD Athlon XP 3200+

By: Cameron Johnson | AMD CPUs in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Jun 22, 2003 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: Intel

Like always no review from us here at TweakTown would be complete without a set of photos.


- 3200's side by side



First off we see the Intel Pentium 4 3.2GHz CPU. This physical style of the Pentium 4 hasn't changed; however, AMD's Athlon XP 3200+ (2.5GHz) has changed from its original Socket 462 design.


- OEM Cooling Solution



Here we see the cooling solutions as provided by both AMD and Intel. Intel's Pentium 4 cooler has slightly changed since the original 478 pin Pentium 4, namely a copper core to remove heat more efficiently for the more highly clocked processors.


- Test Boards



Our test boards are as follows for our test systems. For our Intel system we used the Gigabyte 8KNXP motherboard based on the I875P chipset. We used this board due to its support for Dual Channel DDR SDRAM at 400MHz, allowing for a full 6.4GB/s transfer rate.


In our AMD test system we used the ASUS A7N8X motherboard as supplied to us by AMD. This board is based on the nForce 2 Ultra chipset. We used this because nForce2 has proven to be the best AMD Athlon XP chipset available on the market, and the only 400MHz FSB officially supported chipset currently on the market at the time of review.


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