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Q1 2004 CPU Shootout
By CPU-zilla
Category : CPU
Published by Jimmy Tang on Friday, 19th March, 2004


Test Setup & Benchmarks

In the test portion of this review, we'll be using our previous testbed which we've used in the previous CPU shootouts. The test systems comprised of some of the latest hardware and benchmarks so that the results will be pretty much what you'll get if you're upgrading or building new systems based on the components we've chosen.

The components used in the Intel Pentium 4 testbed include :-

  • Intel D875PBZ Desktop Board (Intel 875P chipset)
  • Intel Pentium 4 3.2E GHz processor with Hyper-Threading enabled
  • Standard boxed Intel cooler
  • 2 x 512MB Kingmax DDR400 memory modules (6-3-3 CAS 2.5)
  • Hitachi Deskstar 180GXP 180GB hard disk drive (one single NTFS partition)
  • PowerColor RADEON 9800 Pro 128MB
  • Lite-On DVD-ROM drive

    The components used in the Athlon 64 FX-53/FX-51/Opteron testbed include :-

  • ASUS SK8N (nForce3 Pro 150 chipset)
  • AMD Athlon 64 FX-51 / Opteron (Socket-940) processor
  • Ajigo MF043-044A (copper-aluminium heatsink)
  • 2 x 512MB Legacy Electronics DDR400 ECC Registered memory modules (6-3-3 CAS 2.5)
  • Hitachi Deskstar 180GXP 180GB hard disk drive (one single NTFS partition)
  • PowerColor RADEON 9800 Pro 128MB
  • Sony DVD-ROM drive

    The components used in the Athlon 64 3200+ testbed include :-

  • MSI K8T Neo-FIS2R (VIA K8T800 chipset)
  • AMD Athlon 64 3200+ (Socket-754) processor
  • AVC cooler (copper-aluminium heatsink)
  • 2 x 512MB Kingmax DDR400 memory modules (6-3-3 CAS 2.5)
  • Hitachi Deskstar 180GXP 180GB hard disk drive (one single NTFS partition)
  • PowerColor RADEON 9800 Pro 128MB
  • Sony DVD-ROM drive

    The operating system and drivers used in both the testbeds are :-

  • Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 1a
  • Microsoft DirectX 9.0b
  • ATI Catalyst 3.6

    All the tests were conducted with processors either downclocked to the official clock speed or were genuine processors rated at the speed which was tested. There were no overclocking done in any of the tests, thus, we eliminate the question of overheating or thermal cycling (either through the processor or motherboard BIOS), which more often than not, causes the performance to drop below normal expectations.

    There were a total of 19 different benchmarks conducted in this review and all of these tests were ran on 11 different processor speeds. The processors tested were :-

  • AMD Athlon 64 3400+ (1MB L2, 2.2GHz, single-channel DDR400)
  • AMD Athlon 64 3200+ (1MB L2, 2.0GHz, single-channel DDR400)
  • AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 (1MB L2, 2.4GHz, dual-channel DDR400)
  • AMD Athlon 64 FX-51 (1MB L2, 2.2GHz, dual-channel DDR400)
  • AMD Opteron 242 (1MB L2, 1.6GHz, dual-channel DDR400)
  • AMD Opteron 244 (1MB L2, 1.8GHz, dual-channel DDR400)
  • Intel Pentium 4 2.8C (512KB L2, 800MHz FSB, 2.80GHz)
  • Intel Pentium 4 3.0 (512KB L2, 800MHz FSB, 3.00GHz)
  • Intel Pentium 4 3.2 (512KB L2, 800MHz FSB, 3.20GHz)
  • Intel Pentium 4 2.8E (1MB L2, 800MHz FSB, 2.80GHz)
  • Intel Pentium 4 3.0E (1MB L2, 800MHz FSB, 3.00GHz)
  • Intel Pentium 4 3.2E (1MB L2, 800MHz FSB, 3.20GHz)
  • Intel Pentium 4 3.2 XE (512KB L2, 2MB L3, 800MHz FSB, 3.20GHz)
  • Intel Pentium 4 3.4 XE (512KB L2, 2MB L3, 800MHz FSB, 3.40GHz)

    The benchmarks chosen for this review include :-

  • BAPCo SYSmark 2002
  • SPECCPU 2000 v1.2
  • SPECViewPerf 6.1.2
  • SPECViewPerf 7.1
  • Lightwave 3D 7.5
  • Futuremark PCMark 2002 Pro
  • WSTREAM
  • Cinebench 2003
  • Cachemem
  • XMpeg 4.5 (DivX encoding)
  • Futuremark 3DMark 2001SE Pro
  • Futuremark 3DMark 03 Pro
  • Jedi Knight II
  • Unreal Tournament 2003
  • Quake 3 Arena Demo
  • KribiBench v1.1
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