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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

 
The next two benchmarks we have for you, are both new to the HotHardware Testing Labs.  They are actual retail level applications that are targeted at the 3D Graphics/Animation Professional and Studio Quality Videographer markets. 

Flask MPEG w/ DIVX 5.01 and Newtek LightWave
Encoding in DIVX Video and Rendering 3D Scenes

Flask MPEG:

Flask MPEG is a Digital Video Stream conversion utility that takes input of one video format and converts the file to another format.  We specifically took a 19MB MPEG 2 video clip (a clip from a "Gomer Pyle" re-run to be exact) and converted it to DIVX format using the latest DIVX Pro 5.01 Codec.  Here are the results.

 


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

This test was heavily weighted by system memory bandwidth.  Both scores for the PC1066 driven systems, beat out the two i850E scores.  In fact, once again the 2.4GHz PC1066 based rig, bested the 2.53GHz i850E.  Do we think Intel should validate PC1066 memory with the i850E?  You bet your Octal Flip Flop we do!  Then again, we think there are a few motherboard manufacturers that are well on their way to that regardless.

 

Lightwave 3D:

Lightwave 3D from Newtek,  is 3D Modeler and Rendering package that allows the user to design and render impressive 3D images and scenes as well as set them in motion.  For benchmarking purposes, we loaded a 3D rendered sample image entitled "Skull Head Newest".  We then hit the "F9" key to render the scene and let the on board timer count down the minutes and seconds.  Here are the results.


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

In this test, core clock speed ruled the roost and memory bandwidth played only a small role.  However, as you can see, the Pentium 4 scores didn't vary much at all.  As a matter of fact, the Intel D850EMV2 i850E board scored behind the i850 400MHz bus i850 board, perhaps indicating that the TH7II-RAID's somewhat more aggressive CPU timings gave it the edge.  The SiS 645 puts up a respectable number and the Athlon XP 2100+ received some serious "schooling" on this test.  The variance was so large that we're almost suspect of Lightwave's CPU optimization techniques and we're looking into these scores more closely.

 

3DMark 2001SE, Quake 3 and the conclusion


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