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Intel Beats AMD To 2 GHz

Just Around The Corner

The Pentium 4 processors released today at 1.9 and 2 GHz core clock are the last ones that are using the 0.18 micron 'Willamette' core. The next Pentium 4 processor, which is supposed to arrive in another couple of months as a 2.2 or 2.3 GHz version, will be equipped with the 0.13 micron core 'Northwood'. This new core will come with several enhancements of which only the increased 512 kB L2-cache size is known right now. It's the main reason why Intel 'invented' Socket478. Initially, Northwood was supposed to be launched at 2 GHz today, but good yields of Willamette at 2 GHz plus problems with Intel's 0.13 micron process delayed this launch.

Benchmarking

This time I decided against a major benchmarking battle, because the only thing we need to see is if Pentium 4 2 GHz is able to beat AMD's current top-notch processor Athlon 1400.

Benchmark Setup

Intel Pentium 4
CPUIntel Pentium 4 1500 MHz (400 MHz QDR FSB)Intel Pentium 4 1700 MHz (400 MHz QDR FSB)Intel Pentium 4 1800 MHz (400 MHz QDR FSB)Intel Pentium 4 2000 MHz (400 MHz QDR FSB)
MotherboardASUS P4T BIOS: 1005 BETA 5
Memory256 MB RD-RAM (SAMSUNG)
AMD ATHLON
CPUAMD Athlon 1200 MHz (266 MHZ DDR)AMD Athlon 1333 MHz (266 MHZ DDR)AMD Athlon 1400 MHz (266 MHZ DDR)
MotherboardMSI MS-6341 Ver.: 1BIOS Version 1.1
Memory2x 128 MB DDR-SDRAM, CL2, PC2100, Micron
Common Hardware
Graphics CardGeForce 2 UltraMemory: 64 MB DDR-SDRAMMemory Clock: 458,2 MHzChip Clock: 250,0 MHz
Hard Disk30 GB (IBM 307030)UDMA100 7200 rpm 2 MB Cache
Driver and Software
IDE (Intel)Intel Chipset Installation Utility Production Release V3.00.029IAA Version 3.1.2017.0
AGP (Intel)Intel Ultra ATA Storage Driver Production Release v6.10.011
IDE (AMD)VIA 4 in 1 Version 4.32 FINAL
AGP (AMD)Miniport Treiber 4.80 (Win98SE)Miniport Driver 5.22 (Win2K)
Graphics DriverDetonator 4 Serie V12.40
DirectX Version8.0a
OSWindows 2000 Pro SP2 (Build 2195)Windows 98 SE, Version 4.10.2222 A
Benchmarks and Settings
Quake III ArenaRetail Version 1.16command line = +set cd_nocd 1 +set s_initsound 0Graphics detail set to 'Normal'Benchmark using 'Q3DEMO1'
SPECViewPerfVersion 6.1.21280x1024x16x85
3DMark2001Version 1.1 default
SiSoft Sandra 2001SE Pro
CINEMA 4DCineBench R6
Aquamarkv2.1 DirectX 8, T&L, Pixel & Vertex ShaderPixel Shader = NO
mpeg4 encodingFlask V0.6DivX V3.22bCompression: 100Data Rate: 1500 kbit720x576 Pixel, 25 fpsDeinterlace (slow)HQ Bicubic FIlteringno Audio