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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [06.19.04]
Manufactured by: Intel

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SiSoft Sandra

The first thing we want to do is get some theoretical numbers out of SiSoft Sandra. Since we're talking about a new speed step for a CPU, and a new chipset with support for faster memory, we'll do both CPU and Memory Bandwidth tests:

Starting with CPU tests:

Keep in mind that the 560 is going to jump out on these tests, since it is clocked 200 MHz higher than any of the other CPU's. That said, we are seeing perfect matching scores between the 550 and Prescott 3.4, which is exaclty what should happen, since the cores are exactly the same. So let's move on!

As you can see, DDR2 533 isn't giving us much more bandwidth than DDR1 400.

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