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The Die Has Been Cast: Pentium 4/2533 vs. Athlon XP 2100+

Conclusion: P4/2533 Leads In All Tests

The results of this test don't leave much room for doubt, while also not offering a lot of surprise. In all 25 benchmark disciplines, the Intel Pentium 4/2533 is well ahead of the AMD Athlon XP 2100+. Together with 533 MHz RDRAM, the P4 gains accordingly in performance through an FSB clock that has been increased from 100 MHz to 133 MHz. The overclocking benchmarks show how far the processors can be pushed. Not even an overclocked AMD Athlon XP 2100+ with a water-cooling system can offer serious competition for the tuned Pentium 4/2800. Here, it should be noted that the P4/2533 ran stably at 2800 MHz with a standard CPU cooler.

Times are getting tougher for AMD if they want to stay on top of things. The new Thoroughbred core needs to be released soon and then we need to see some hefty clock speed to keep up with Intel's Pentium 4.

Intel puts AMD out of the running - time for the Thoroughbred!

Some users might argue that the P4 was only tested with RDRAM memory, while in reality, the P4 is only available with DDR memory on the market. The answer to this is simple: all AMD CPUs were also tested using the fastest DDR333 memory (CL2) and run with the most aggressive timings. With CPU tests in particular, we expect to investigate the full technical limits of each platform with regard to stable performance.