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

By, Dave Altavilla
March 22, 2004

We haven't been able to work enough with Unreal Tournament 2004 as of yet, since the game was recently released to retail not long ago.  However, we plan to have it replace UT2003 in our benchmark suite in the future, once we have a better handle on testing with it and characterizing performance across a number of platforms.

Unreal Tournament 2003
DirectX Gaming Performance

Two words, game over.  The numbers speak for themselves, the Pentium 4s got smoked across the board.  If you're a hard core UT2003 player, the fastest CPU money can buy for you right now is an Athlon 64 FX-53 by a long shot.

X2 The Threat Rolling Demo
DirectX 9 Gaming Performance

Conversely, if you are the Space Sim / Real-time Strategy type that will spend hours orchestrating battles with Egosoft's gorgeous new X2-The Threat, you may want to opt for a Pentium 4. In addition, a 3.4GHz Prescott variant may provide the best price / performance return on your investment.



In the final analysis of our look at the new 3.4GHz Prescott and Northwood based Pentium 4 processors, we could ramble on in flowery detail about these new speed bins and their relative performance across the benchmarks and in various application or gaming scenarios.  The net result, however, is that depending on what type of user you are and what type of software you like to run, both Intel and AMD platforms have their strong suits.  If you are a multimedia or digital video buff, the Pentium 4 with optimized SSE applications and Hyperthreading for multitasking and multithreaded apps, certainly has its advantages.  Gamers and general business application users (which by the way comprises a large portion of our audience here) might find more robust performance with the Athlon 64.  At the end of the day, these new 3.4GHz variants of the Pentium 4, both Northwood and Prescott, are what they are, so to speak.  They're a little bit faster, on the order of about 3-5% in most areas and also a bit warmer under general operating conditions.  What the Pentium 4 really needs now is its new home, in the forthcoming Grantsdale and Alderwood chipset based platforms.  Prescott's new LGA-775 (Land Grid Array) package will hopefully keep thermals more in check and DDR2, along with PCI-Express, will hopefully provide another quick burst of available system bandwidth that the platform desperately needs at this point.

Q2 is right around the corner and we hope in the near future, we can come back to you here with an update on what is truly the end game for Prescott.  For now it's almost as if Prescott is just getting warmed up, literally and figuratively perhaps.


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

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