Pentium 4 Extreme Edition 3.46GHz 1066MHz FSB

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Test System Details & SiSoft Sandra Testing

Our test system specs are detailed below for your edification.  Please note we've also migrated to Windows XP Service Pack 2 for this round of testing.

HotHardware Test Systems
Tough Competition
SYSTEM 1:
Intel Pentium 4 EE 3.46GHz - LGA 775


Intel D925XECV2

i925XE Motherboard

2x512MB Kingstonl DDR2 533 PC2-4300

CL 3, 3, 3, 8

NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT


On-Board 10/100 Ethernet
On-Board Audio

WD "Raptor" 36GB Hard Drive
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows XP Pro SP2 (Fully Patched)
NVIDIA Forceware v66.81
DirectX 9.0c
SYSTEM 2:
Intel Pentium 4 EE 3.4GHz - LGA775

Intel Pentium 4 560 3.6GHz - LGA775

ASUS P5AD2

i925X Motherboard

2x512MB Kingston DDR2 533 PC2-4300

CL 3, 3, 3, 8

NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT


On-Board 10/100 Ethernet
On-Board Audio

WD "Raptor" 36GB Hard Drive
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows XP Pro SP2 (Fully Patched)
NVIDIA Forceware v66.81
DirectX 9.0c
SYSTEM 3:
AMD Athlon 64 FX-55 (2.6GHz)

AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 (2.4GHz)
AMD Athlon 64 4000+ (2.4GHz)
AMD Athlon 64 3800+ (2.4GHz)

MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum
NVIDIA nForce 3 Ultra Chipset

2x512MB Corsair PC3200
CL 2-2-2-5

NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT


On-Board 10/100 Ethernet
On-Board Audio

WD "Raptor" 36GB Hard Drive
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows XP Pro SP2 (Fully Patched)
NVIDIA Forceware v66.81
DirectX 9.0c


Intel System Information Utility Detail

 

Just a quick note on our test system specs before we dig into benchmark specifics:  In all our test setups, we used an NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT graphics card.  In the case of the PCI Express-capable Intel systems, we used the NV45 version of the GF 6800 GT, and for the AGP graphics-based systems, we used standard GeForce 6800 GT AGP cards.  In both cases, GPU core and memory clock speeds were identical.  For the Intel-based systems, we used the latest chipset drivers provided with the i925XE launch kit.  In all cases, we were making an effort to utilize identical components across the various Intel and AMD platforms wherever possible.

Preliminary Benchmarks With SiSoft SANDRA 2004
Synthetic Testing

We began our testing with SiSoftware's SANDRA, the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic, and Reporting Assistant. SANDRA consists of a set of information and diagnostic utilities that test some basic metrics on major subsystem performance levels in a number of areas. We ran three of the built-in subsystem tests that comprise the SANDRA 2004 suite: CPU, Multimedia, and the Memory test, which is based on the "Stream" memory benchmark algorithm.


    
P4 EE 3.46GHz 1066MHz FSB - Intel i925XE Chipset

 

      
P4 EE 3.4GHz 800MHz FSB - Intel i925X Chipset

We've taken scores from an 800MHz FSB P4 EE at 3.4GHz and compared them for you here versus the new 3.46GHz P4 EE with 1066MHz FSB. We should also point out again that both test systems are running system memory at CAS 3, 3, 3, 8 timings. The scores at this setting are actually slightly better than stardard DDR400 RAM at CAS2. As you'll note, the only major difference that is reported in these Sandra test modules are the memory bandwidth scores.  There's about a 14% advantage in overall memory bandwidth for the i925XE system.  Beyond that, the P4 EE 3.46GHz chip scores only marginally better than a standard P4 EE 3.4GHz 800MHz FSB chip, in floating point and integer performance.


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