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The Gigahertz Battle: How Do Today's CPUs Stack Up?

Test Setup

CPU
Socket 478Intel Pentium 4 2400 (Northwood 130 nm, 2.4 GHz, 512 kB L2 Cache )
Socket 775 IIntel Core 2 Duo E4300 (Allendale 65 nm, 1.8 GHz, 2 MB L2 Cache)
Socket 775 IIIntel Core 2 Extreme X6800 (Conroe 65 nm, 2.93 GHz, 4 MB L2 Cache)
Socket 775 IIIIntel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 (Kentsfield 65 nm, 2.66 GHz, 2x 4 MB L2 Cache)
Socket 939 IAMD Athlon 64 4000+ (Clawhammer 130 nm, 2.4 GHz, 1 MB L2 Cache)
Socket 939 IIAMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ (Toledo 90 nm, 2.4 GHz, 2x 512 kB L2 Cache)
Socket AM2AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ (Windsor 90 nm, 2.4 GHz, 2x 512 kB L2 Cache)
Motherboard
Platform Socket 478Asus P4C800-E Deluxe, Rev 1.02Chipset : Intel 875P, BIOS : 1023
Platform Socket 775Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6, Rev 2.0Chipset : Intel 965P, BIOS : F9
Platform Socket 939Asus A8N-SLI Premium, Rev 1.02Chipset : Nvidia nForce 4 SLI, Bios : 1009
Platform Socket AM2MSI K9N Platinum, Rev 1.0Chipset : Nvidia nForce 570 SLI, Bios : 1.5
Memory
RAM I (DDR)Corsair CMX1024-3200C22x 1024 MB DDR2-4000 (CL 2.5-3-3-6)
RAM II (DDR2)Corsair CM2X1024-6400C32x 1024 MB DDR2-800 (CL 4.0-4-4-12 2T)
Hard Drive
Hard Drive I (read)Western Digital WD4000KD400 GB 7,200 RPM, 16 MB cache, SATA/150
Hard Drive II (write)Western Digital WD4000KD400 GB 7,200 RPM, 16 MB cache, SATA/150
DVD ROM
DVD-ROMTEAC DV-W50D IDE ATA100
Graphics Card
AGP GraphicsNvidia GeForce 6800 - 256 MB DDR3 RAM
PCI Express GraphicsNvidia GeForce 6800 - 256 MB DDR3 RAM
Power Supply
PSUEnermax EG565P-VEATX 2.01, 535 Watt
System Software & Drivers
OSWindows XP Professional 5.10.2600, Service Pack 2
DirectX Version9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
Drivers AMD nForce 4nForce4 series 6.86
Drivers AMD nForce 570nForce 570 SLI 9.16
Platform Drivers IntelINF-Treiber 8.1.1.1010
Graphics DriverNvidia 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 7Version : 7.0.2Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 minConvert wav to aac
Lame MP3Version 3.97 Beta 2 (12-22-2005)Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 minwave to mp3160 kbps
OGGVersion 1.1.2 (Intel P4 MOD)Version 1.1.2 (Intel AMD MOD)Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 minwave to oggQuality : 5
Video
TMPEG 3.0 ExpressVersion : 3.0.4.24 (no Audio)fist 5 Minutes DVD Terminator 2 SE (704x576) 16:9Multithreading by rendering
DivX 6.5Version : 6.5Profile : High Definition Profile1-pass, 3000 kb/sEncoding mode : Insane QualityEnhanced multithreadingno Audio
XviD 1.1.2Version : 1.1.2Target qantizer : 1.00
Applications
WinrarVersion 3.62(303 MB, 47 Files, 2 Folders)Compression = BestDictionary = 4096 kB
Autodesk 3D Studio MaxVersion : 8.0Characters "Dragon_Charater_rig"rendering HTDV 1920x1080
Adobe Photoshop CS 2Version : 9.0.1VT-Runtime ScriptRendering from 5 Pictures (66 MB, 7 Filters)
Deep FritzVersion 10Chess Benchmark
CinebenchVersion 9.532 Bit1 CPU ; x CPU
PCMark05 ProVersion : 1.2.0CPU and Memory TestsWindows Media Player 10.00.00.3646Windows Media Encoder 9.00.00.2980