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

By, Dave Altavilla
March 22, 2004

In the immortal words of our good friend Terry Tate - Office Linebacker, "when it's game time, it's pain time baby!"

Wolfenstein Enemy Territory
OpenGL Quake Engine Gaming

Wolfenstein Enemy Territory is a highly modified Quake 3 engine based game, with next generation lighting techniques, higher polygon counts and larger more detailed textures.  We turned the resolution way down, in an effort to offload the graphics subsystem and let the processors we tested run as fast as they could pushing the polygons.

Quake 3 engine based games are memory bandwidth hounds for certain and the 3.4GHz P4EE puts up the best number for Intel.  Prescott's deeper pipeline holds it back a bit but its larger L2 cache allows it to make up some ground, albeit not enough to catch its Northwood sibling.  The Athlon 3400+ holds true to its branding, coming up right along side the 3.4GHz Northwood and the Athlon 64 FX chips take the #1 and #2 spots overall.

3DMark 2003
DirectX 8 Gaming Performance

Taking a quick step back into synthetic benchmarking with FutureMark's 3DMark03, we ran the CPU test module of the benchmark exclusively to isolate CPU performance and place less emphasis on the graphics subsystem.

Prescott shows an advantage over the P4 Northwood cores and it's obvious this test is memory bandwidth and latency sensitive, as again the P4EE posts the best number for the Pentium 4 team.  Once again however, the Athlon 64s make a strong showing with the 3400+ dropping in between both the 3.4GHz Northwood and Prescott P4 scores.  For the enthusiast class processors here, the numbers are fairly nip and tuck with the FX-51 falling short of the 3.4GHz P4EE and the FX-53 taking the over all lead by a very small margin of less than 2%.

Comanche 4
DirectX 8 Gaming - CPU Limited

In our Comanche 4 low resolution benchmark test, it seems like Intel's Prescott P4s packed it up and called it a day early, falling well behind every CPU we tested, regardless of clock speed.  However, we had a photo finish for the 3.4GHz Northwood and the Athlon 64 FX-51.  Just so you are aware, this is not a typo in our graph.  On one hand, the test seems to favor the Northwood based P4s here with the tricked out Extreme Edition (which is really called a Gallatin core CPU) taking the win.  On the other hand, this is one benchmark we're sure Intel wouldn't have minded if were left out of the mix altogether, since Prescott seems to really choke on it.


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