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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [02.20.05]
Manufactured by: Intel


PCMark 2004

PCMark 2004 takes various components of what we would do in day-to-day computing, and turns out a neat, comparable score. In the "System" suite, these are the tests that take place:

File compression
File decompression
File encryption
File decryption
Virus scanning
Grammar check
Audio conversion
Image processing
Web page rendering
WMV video compression
DivX video compression
Physics calculation and 3D

PCMark has always benefited from Hyperthreading, so watch for the P4's to excel here:

As expected, the P4's do very well here.

Cinebench 2003

Cinebench is a software-based multi-threaded rendering benchmark. It is based on a real world platform; Maxon's CINEMA 4D R8 software, so while it is a synthetic benchmark, it should give an idea of how it would perform in Maxon's rendering software:

The P4's do very well once again, this time benefiting mostly from Hyperthreading. The extra cache on the 600 series doesn't seem to help much here. And as you can see, the longer pipeline of the Prescott is holding the new 3.73 back against the Northwood based 3.46 Extreme.

In the shading engine, the Prescott certainly helps, as does the extra cache. The Athlons do a bit better in this one though.

Sciencemark 2.0

Purely computational power being tested here, I decided to include just one benchmark this time. Primordia is the most extensive CPU test of the Sciencemark tests, so check it out:

This time lower is better, so once again the long data pipeline of the Prescott is holding the P4 back. The extra cache really seems to help on the faster CPU's however.

Now let's get to some real world benchmarks!

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