Before presenting the benchmarks, there is one issue that needs to be discussed. We had some issues getting some comparable processors in the labs, as mentioned before, this is SystemLogic.net's first processor review. In our benchmarks we only used the P4 1.7GHz and a 1.1GHz AMD Athlon (200MHz FSB). We will be forced to recommend you a few other sites benchmarks for some comparison, but make sure to keep our numbers on the Pentium 4 in mind. We will also be referring to various sites benchmarks as well. In our next processor review there should be no problems in terms of having a few comparable processors available.
Here are a few benchmarks that should be helpful to see other processors numbers. Note that the system configurations may be different and different benchmarks may have been run:
Another issue that came up had to do with 3D performance in Windows 2000. The tests that were run on any 3D performance benchmark (Eg: Quake III, Aquakmark, 3DMark) all scored very low numbers. In fact, Aquamark kept on freezing on us. Since the issue showed in just 3D performance, the first thought that comes into mind is that it is an issue with the video card, which happened to be a Visiontek GeForce 3.
We contacted Intel right away and sent over the numbers. Intel's performance engineers went over them and stated that they were getting the same sort of results over there as well, and that it was mainly because of Windows 2000's lack of gaming support. They were using a GeForce 2 in their tests with an older driver version, and said that the GeForce 2 would perform better than the GeForce 3. I thought this was a bit of an odd conclusion, considering the fact that we looked on some other sites benchmarks for 3D performance in Win2k, and their numbers seemed fine. Just to make sure, we threw a GeForce 2 into the system, and still had the same results, so we're not sure if it was a video card driver issue, a motherboard issue, or what, but we decided not to post 3D performance results in Windows 2000 until we found out.
||Intel Pentium 4 1.7GHz
||AMD Athlon 1.1GHz (200)
||MSI KT7 Turbo (MS-6330)
||256MB PC800 Samsung RDRAM
||256MB PC133 Mushkin SDRAM
||IBM Deskstar 30GB 75GXP 7200RPM ATA100
||Visiontek GeForce 3 64MB DDR
||Sony CDU-5211 52X
||Plextor PlexWriter 12/10/32A
||Windows Millenium Edition
Windows 2000 Professional Service Pack 2
||NVIDIA Detonator 3 v12.41
VIA 4-in-1 4.32V for all VIA boards
||BAPCo SYSmark 2001
||Quake III Arena v1.29f
Benchmarking System Setup
Each system had a formatted hard drive with clean installs of Windows 2000 Proffesional SP2 and Windows Millenium Edition in a dual boot format. All necessary updates to the operating system were made VIA Windows Update. Each benchmark was installed, run, and uninstalled. After each uninstallation the drive was defragmented, and the next benchmarking program was installed.
For Quake III Arena benchmarks, we used Q3Bench to automate things.
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