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    SLCentralHardwareReviewsSound Jun 4th, 2020 - 2:44 PM EST
    Intel Pentium 4 1.7GHz
    Author: David Pitlyuk | Paul Mazzucco
    Date Posted: August 3rd, 2001
    Rating: 7.5/10 SystemLogistics

    BAPCo SYSmark 2001

    On MadOnions page, they had this to say about SYSmark 2001: "…SYSmark2001 accurately reflects the way users actually work! Finally there will be a resource that truly measures application performance in the same way that the real world does." While this may not be quite true, they certainly are a lot closer than running tiny integer loops in the L1 cache and calling it a "CPU test" * cough* drystones * cough*. Below is a summary of their overview, which can be found here (

    SYSmark 2001 has "real-world" usage built into it. It uses scripts and timing delays to perform the tasks similar to how a real person would, performing tasks a real person would do.

    Content Creation:

    These first three have work saved in web format:
    MS Word2k - Opens a document, adds some graphics, text, backgrounds, and prints.
    MS Excel2k - Sorts data, and creates charts.
    MS PowerPoint2k - Makes a presentation, formats, previews the slides as they go along, and adds a background.
    MS Access2k - Loads the database and reorganizes material, processes information, and opens/prints the results.
    MS Outlook2k - Searches for text in a message, archives old emails, and sends/receives email
    *Netscape 6.0 - Opens a web-file, does a word search, views the source code, then views a web-based power point presentation.
    Dragons NaturallySpeaking Preferredv.5 - Transcribes a *.wav file in the background.
    WinZip 8.0 - compresses some videos in the background.
    McAfee VirusScan 5.13 - Scanning files in the background.

    * While this is a personal opinion, and while I certainly support competition, there is no good reason to use Netscape 6.0 instead of MS Internet Explorer (5.0 or greater). While Netscape is still prevalent, it has nowhere near the installed user base as Internet Explorer, and it is well known that Internet Explorer is faster to load, and faster to use. I see no good reason why Netscape 6.0 was chosen over the MS version, as they used MS products for everything else in this part of the test. In my humble opinion, it would make sense to include Internet Explorer into this group (perhaps in addition to Netscape 6.0), simply because it is the more-used browser.

    Internet Content Creation:

    Adobe Photoshop 6.0 - Opens a large picture, does sample filters, tests resizing/orientation, adds other effects and resaves as a jpeg, and prints.
    Adobe Premier 6.0 - Makes a video, adding effects and is then compressed.
    Macromedia Dreamweaver 4 - Creates web pages with flash animation and pictures
    Macromedia Flas0h 5 - The user creates a movie file.
    MS Media Encoder 7 - Takes a video and encodes in the background.

    An overall score is given, where the baseline machine gets a score of 100, on a machine set up as follows:

    Motherboard: 815EEA Intel motherboard with P09 Bios
    CPU: Intel® /Pentium® III processor
    Core Frequency: 800/133 MHz
    Memory: 128 PC 133 CL2 SDRAM
    Video/Resolution: Creative Labs GeForce Annihilator 2 with 32 MB DDR onboard memory, 1024x768 resolution, 16 bpp color, 75 Hz monitor resolution.
    Video Driver: nVidia v6.31
    Disk: 30 GB ATA 100 IBM DPTA-373420.
    Operating System: Windows 2000 (Service Pack 1)

    As a "Power user" myself, some of the descriptions above sound realistic for someone who knows how to get the most out of their machine in terms of multi-tasking to get as much done in as short a time as possible. However, the average corporate user does little more than type up some reports, browse the web, or check email. The majority of PC users do not do many of these tasks simultaneously (some, they wouldn't do at all). However, as people become more computer literate, the described workloads become more realistic.

    Despite this, there are users who fit the profile given above. In such cases, the aforementioned usage stresses the memory subsystem more heavily than running only one program at a time, due to the number of applications running in the background, and due to the user switching between programs. As an example, doing such causes the L1 and L2 cache to change their contents much more frequently than running one applications at a time, stressing both memory latencies, and bandwidth (as well as, of course, the CPU itself).

    Internet Content Creation

    Higher is better

    Higher is better

    We can see here that Windows 2000 performs better on both processors, this generally occurs in most of the benchmarks that we ran. In Win2k there's about a 35% improvement in over the 1.1GHz Athlon. Make sure to take in mind that the Athlon is using a 200MHz FSB rather than a 266MHz FSB. Not only that but the memory is PC133 SDRAM rather than DDR, which can improve performance by sometimes as much as 15%.

    On other sites benchmarks there is about a 10% speed difference between the P4 and a 1.4GHz Athlon. That's a pretty big difference, and Intel is usually known to do pretty good with multimedia type applications over business type applications, where AMD usually does better.

    Office Productivity

    Higher is better

    Higher is better

    Here we can see what I mean by AMD processors usually doing better in office type applications. The gap between the two processors is about 12%, over a previous gap of 35%, that should prove a lot.

    Taking a look at some other sites benchmarks for other processors scores, the Athlon 1.4GHz tears the Pentium 4 apart. In fact, even lower speed Athlons like the 1.2GHz come very close to the Pentium 4 1.7GHz.


    Higher is better

    Higher is better

    Now we know that each processor has it's strong points in certain types of applications, but overall the Pentium 4 came out on top, but not by much. Actually, taking a look at some other sites scores and averaging them out, the Pentium 4 only edged out by less than 5% in some cases. In the introduction, I mentioned clock speed isn't everything anymore, here's the proof.

    >> Winstone 2001

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    1. Introduction
    2. Technology Overview
    3. Should You Buy Now?
    4. Benchmarks Introduction/The Test
    5. SYSmark 2001
    6. Winstone 2001
    7. OfficeBench 2001
    8. Quake III Arena
    9. 3DMark 2000/2001
    10. Aquamark
    11. Conclusion

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