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Intel Pentium 4 3.4GHz Prescott
And Pentium 4 3.4GHz "Northwood"

By, Dave Altavilla
March 22, 2004

In terms of general desktop business application performance, we're of the opinion around here, that Veritest's Winstone benchmarks are fairly good indicators of performance associated within the types of applications the average professional, corporate or home user may work with, in every day scenarios.

Business and Content Creation Winstone 2004
Desktop Publishing, Spreadsheet Analysis, Multimedia Content Creation and Audio/Video Editing

The PC Magazine Business Winstone 2004 test utilizes the following applications in its benchmark.

  • Microsoft Access 2002
  • Microsoft Excel 2002
  • Microsoft FrontPage 2002
  • Microsoft Outlook 2002
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2002
  • Microsoft Project 2002
  • Microsoft Word 2002
  • Norton AntiVirus Professional Edition 2003
  • WinZip 8.1

Here the 3.4GHz Prescott CPU and its 1MB of L2 cache, keeps pace and actually sneaks by the 3.4GHz Northwood P4 by just a hair.  However, as is evident in the 3.2GHz Prescott and Northwood numbers, it's really a virtual dead heat for the two mainstream CPU cores.  The extra 2MB of L3 cache on the P4EE give it about a 4% lead but not enough to catch the Athlon 64 FXs.  Lastly, the Athlon 64 3400+ brings up the rear. 

The PC Magazine Content Creation Winstone 2004 test utilizes the following applications in its benchmark.

  • Adobe® Photoshop 7.0.1
  • Adobe® Premiere 6.50
  • Macromedia® Director MX 9.0
  • Macromedia® Dreamweaver MX 6.1
  • Microsoft® Windows Media? Encoder 9 Version
  • NewTek's LightWave 3D 7.5b
  • Steinberg WaveLab 4.0f

In the Content Creation Winstone 2004 run, we saw much the same spread of performance in the field, as we did in the Business Winstone test.  Prescott is neck and neck with its Northwood counterpart and the P4EE is the strongest of all P4 scores.  However, clearly the Athlon 64s have the upper hand across the board in this test.

XMPEG 5.03
Digital Video Encoding

Encoding and converting digital video files historically has been the Pentium 4's strong suit.  We ran an updated version of our standard XMPEG test with version 5.03 of the software and version 5.1.1 of the DivX CODEC.  This test takes an MPEG2 test file and converts it to AVI.

One thing is for sure, the Athlon 64 family has been making strides with the DivX CODEC and this utility.  Both the 3.2GHz and 3.4GHz Prescott P4s show excellent performance here as well, with the 3.4GHz flavor coming in with a dead heat against the 3.4GHz Pentium 4 EE.  Unfortunately, none of the high end P4 CPUs could quite catch the Athlon FX chips but they had a fairly easy time with the 3400+.


Windows Media Encoder, Cinebench and SPECViewperf

Tags:  Intel, Pre, NOR, 4G, GHz, P4, 4GHz, RT

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