Originally, the P4 based on the Northwood core wasn't supposed to reach such high clock speeds, with 3 GHz thought to be the max. However, the delay on the launch of the Athlon 64 (September 2003) meant that Intel could take a defensive tack with its product cycle (by Intel standards) and plan on presenting the Pentium 5 at the end of this year. In the final phase of development, Intel launches the 3.2 GHz version P4, which competes with the AMD Athlon XP 3200+ in name alone.
In our extensive benchmark tests, the P4 is always in the lead - we talked about this in our last article High-Flying: AMD Athlon XP 3200+ Squares Off Against Intel P4 3 GHz . To be fair, it must be said that AMD offers a good performance/ price ratio with its Athlon processors, but it still cannot quite keep up with the Intel CPUs.
But, as ever, there's a big fan club that is loyal to the Athlon. After all, the evaluation phase of the Athlon 64 will soon be wrapped up in Dresden, so the processor with optional 64 bit addressing will be available on the market. If the Athlon 64 surpasses the P4 in performance, then the market will become active once more. This is the only way to break Intel's current dominance. However, Intel has prepared for this and has the Pentium 5 (Prescott) ready and waiting in the wings.
- The Top Models Together: P4 3.2 GHz And Athlon XP 3200+
- The Top Models Together: P4 3.2 GHz And Athlon XP 3200+, Continued
- Countdown To Pentium 5 Vs. Athlon 64
- Pentium 5: New Socket 775 Combined With DDR-2
- Price Of The Pentium 4
- Test Setup And Details
- Benchmarks Under Windows XP
- OpenGL Games: Quake 3 Arena
- DirectX 8 Games: Comanche 4 Demo
- DirectX 8 Engine: 3D Mark 2001 SE
- MP3 Audio Encoding: MP3 Maker Platinum 3.04
- AV Encoding: Mainconcept MPEG Encoder 1.3.1
- Archiving: WinRAR 3.11
- Office Applications: Sysmark 2002
- CPU Rendering: Cinema 4D XL 8
- CPU And Multimedia: SiSoft Sandra 2003
- Office Application: PC Mark 2002
- Conclusion: AMD & Intel The Fastest X86 CPUs, P4 With 3.2 GHz Currently Leads