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The Gigahertz Battle: How Do Today's CPUs Stack Up?
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CPU
Socket 478 Intel Pentium 4 2400 (Northwood 130 nm, 2.4 GHz, 512 kB L2 Cache )
Socket 775 I Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 (Allendale 65 nm, 1.8 GHz, 2 MB L2 Cache)
Socket 775 II Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 (Conroe 65 nm, 2.93 GHz, 4 MB L2 Cache)
Socket 775 III Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 (Kentsfield 65 nm, 2.66 GHz, 2x 4 MB L2 Cache)
Socket 939 I AMD Athlon 64 4000+ (Clawhammer 130 nm, 2.4 GHz, 1 MB L2 Cache)
Socket 939 II AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ (Toledo 90 nm, 2.4 GHz, 2x 512 kB L2 Cache)
Socket AM2 AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ (Windsor 90 nm, 2.4 GHz, 2x 512 kB L2 Cache)
Motherboard
Platform Socket 478 Asus P4C800-E Deluxe, Rev 1.02
Chipset : Intel 875P, BIOS : 1023
Platform Socket 775 Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6, Rev 2.0
Chipset : Intel 965P, BIOS : F9
Platform Socket 939 Asus A8N-SLI Premium, Rev 1.02
Chipset : Nvidia nForce 4 SLI, Bios : 1009
Platform Socket AM2 MSI K9N Platinum, Rev 1.0
Chipset : Nvidia nForce 570 SLI, Bios : 1.5
Memory
RAM I (DDR) Corsair CMX1024-3200C2
2x 1024 MB DDR2-4000 (CL 2.5-3-3-6)
RAM II (DDR2) Corsair CM2X1024-6400C3
2x 1024 MB DDR2-800 (CL 4.0-4-4-12 2T)
Hard Drive
Hard Drive I (read) Western Digital WD4000KD
400 GB 7,200 RPM, 16 MB cache, SATA/150
Hard Drive II (write) Western Digital WD4000KD
400 GB 7,200 RPM, 16 MB cache, SATA/150
DVD ROM
DVD-ROM TEAC DV-W50D IDE ATA100
Graphics Card
AGP Graphics Nvidia GeForce 6800 - 256 MB DDR3 RAM
PCI Express Graphics Nvidia GeForce 6800 - 256 MB DDR3 RAM
Power Supply
PSU Enermax EG565P-VE
ATX 2.01, 535 Watt
System Software & Drivers
OS Windows XP Professional 5.10.2600, Service Pack 2
DirectX Version 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
Drivers AMD nForce 4 nForce4 series 6.86
Drivers AMD nForce 570 nForce 570 SLI 9.16
Platform Drivers Intel INF-Treiber 8.1.1.1010
Graphics Driver Nvidia ForceWare 93.71

What About Newer Pentium 4 And Pentium D CPUs ?

We wanted to use Pentium 4 500 and Pentium 4 600 processors as well as Pentium D CPUs, but there is no way to select a clock speed as low as 2.4 GHz. Even the entry-level processors started with a multiplier of x14, which, at FSB800 (200 MHz system speed), leads to 2.8 GHz core clock speed. So, we had to live without the Pentium generation.

Benchmarks And Settings

Benchmarks and Settings
Audio
iTunes 7 Version : 7.0.2
Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min
Convert wav to aac
Lame MP3 Version 3.97 Beta 2 (12-22-2005)
Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min
wave to mp3
160 kbps
OGG Version 1.1.2 (Intel P4 MOD)
Version 1.1.2 (Intel AMD MOD)
Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min
wave to ogg
Quality : 5
Video
TMPEG 3.0 Express Version : 3.0.4.24 (no Audio)
fist 5 Minutes DVD Terminator 2 SE (704x576) 16:9
Multithreading by rendering
DivX 6.5 Version : 6.5
Profile : High Definition Profile
1-pass, 3000 kb/s
Encoding mode : Insane Quality
Enhanced multithreading
no Audio
XviD 1.1.2 Version : 1.1.2
Target qantizer : 1.00
Applications
Winrar Version 3.62
(303 MB, 47 Files, 2 Folders)
Compression = Best
Dictionary = 4096 kB
Autodesk 3D Studio Max Version : 8.0
Characters "Dragon_Charater_rig"
rendering HTDV 1920x1080
Adobe Photoshop CS 2 Version : 9.0.1
VT-Runtime Script
Rendering from 5 Pictures (66 MB, 7 Filters)
Deep Fritz Version 10
Chess Benchmark
Cinebench Version 9.5
32 Bit
1 CPU ; x CPU
PCMark05 Pro Version : 1.2.0
CPU and Memory Tests
Windows Media Player 10.00.00.3646
Windows Media Encoder 9.00.00.2980
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