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Intel's Pentium 4 with 533MHz Bus and The i850E Chipset
2.4 and 2.53GHz performance with a 533MHz Front Side Bus

By, Dave Altavilla
May 6, 2002

 
Ziff Davis' eTesting Labs Winstone suite of benchmarking tools, uses every day professional business and content creation software titles to analyze over all system performance.  The tests incorporate the following software titles to run timed executions in a controlled environment and the results are then generated with a weighted total score:

Business Winstone Tests:

  • Five Microsoft Office 2000 applications (Access, Excel, FrontPage, PowerPoint, and Word)
  • Microsoft Project 98
  • Lotus Notes R5
  • NicoMak WinZip
  • Norton AntiVirus
  • Netscape Communicator

Content Creation Winstone Tests:

  • Adobe Photoshop 6.0.1
  • Adobe Premiere 6.0
  • Macromedia Director 8.5
  • Macromedia Dreamweaver UltraDev 4
  • Microsoft Windows Media Encoder 7.01.00.3055
  • Netscape Navigator 6/6.01
  • Sonic Foundry Sound Forge 5.0c (build 184)
eTesting Labs Content Creation and Business Winstone
The Pentium 4 means business


"i850E, PC1066 and SiS645dx" scores are representative of a 533MHz system bus

The Business Winstone tests are fairly dependant upon hard drive subsystem performance.  They are also not as compute intensive as the Content Creation test.  In addition, the code base and software titles that are utilized, are significantly older legacy product, not optimized for the Pentium 4.  As a result, the reference Athlon XP 2100+ systems makes a very good showing here, besting all but the PC1066 driven systems.  The SiS645dx is still hindered by its lack luster drive performance and as such, brings up the rear.

Content Creation testing should spread the field out even further however.


"i850E, PC1066 and SiS645dx" scores are representative of a 533MHz system bus

Interestingly enough the SiS645dx system makes a very strong showing at 2.4GHz versus the i850E, although the scores are right on top of each other.  Another interesting fact here is that the 2.4GHz PC1066 setup was in fact faster than the 2.53GHz i850E setup with PC800 RDRAM, lending credence to the fact that this test is heavily dependant on overall system bandwidth.

 

Let's take a look at how things stack up with MadOnion's new PCMark 2002 benchmarking software.

 

PCMark 2002 CPU and Memory performance


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