"According to a recent story in The Register, a recently leaked Nvidia GeForce 3 driver has the potential to nearly double the speed of Pentium 4 machines."
I guess this means they've optimised their directx/opengl drivers for SSE2, so that games will run faster using the new instruction set. This is great news - who said SSE2 wouldn't matter?
I expect this to be the first of a long line of SSE2 applications which will really show the power of the P4... it might be worth the money after all
I've read that Adobe will also release a plug-in which will increase the speed of Photoshop 5 by around 50% on the P4. If these are two examples of what can be done, in very different programs (3d games and 2d image manipulation), who knows what the future holds.
It's a shame the P4 has a pretty poor standard FPU, and in unoptimised code, the Thunderbird at the same clock speed will almost always win (except in video/mp3 encoding!). However, with nVidia and Adobe behind SSE2, I believe other app vendors will start churning out optimised versions pretty quickly.
you know, I hadn't thought of that in reference to this yet...
wouldn't make sense for nVidia to optimize heavily for the P4 if they are in a partnership with AMD.
of course then, it could be the P4 SSE2 optimizations actually perform as well or better than Intel keeps saying.
and NO, this isn't an AMD flunky bitching about Intel's statements, in case you don't remember MMX, what is really using MMX? and it wasn't all that much of an upgrade...
the added L1 cache had as much to do with it as anything...
why, oh WHY, is the world run by morons?