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Barton's Here: Athlon XP 3000+ vs. P4 3.06 GHz

Archiving: Winrar 3.11

Archiving is a very practical application. The new Winrar 3.11 archiving software was used under Windows XP to compress a 178 MB WAV file while the clock was running. The Athlon XP 3000+ performed perceptibly better than a model with the same clock speed (XP 2700+) but half the L2 cache. This results in a difference of three seconds.

3D Rendering: Newtek Lightwave 7.5

The Lightwave benchmark clearly brought the enhancements of the Pentium 4 processors to light - the Athlon XP 3000+ placed in the center of the pack, trailing the XP 2800+.