Nothing special or exciting, but we wanted to show you what we are working with. Now that we have the CPU specs and the pics out of the way, it's time to get to what we're here for. BENCHMARKS! First we'll run you thru the default scores, then we'll take a trip down overclocking lane and see how these CPUs perform when things heat up.
What we've done is taken the exact same system and changed nothing but the CPU for the purposes of these tests. Here are the system specs of our test rig for this round-up.
ABIT IS7 Springdale Motherboard
Intel Pentium4 2.4c, 2.6c, and 3.0GHz (800MHz bus) CPUs
2x256MB Corsair TWINX PC3200 DDR Memory
Maxtor 60GB 7200RPM Hard Drive
WindowsXP Pro (Service Pack 1) OS
FIC Radeon 9800 Pro video card
Catalyst 3.4 drivers for all testing
For the default speed benchmarks we had the memory set at a 1/1 divider (running at 200MHz) with SPD settings at 2.5/6/3/3. DEFAULT SPEED BENCHMARKING
We're going to start with benchmarking these three CPU's at their default respective speeds. We've picked our benchmarks carefully to insure that they are reproducible at home and ones that we feel offer us the best look at CPU speed differences. We will almost certainly see all but perfect scaling here, but I wanted to show what the real difference is between the chips. If you're looking to determine the "bang for buck" algorithm then these non-overclocked numbers will certainly play a part.
SiSoft Sandra 2003:
While Sandra is a synthetic benchmarking tool, it still offers one of the better looks at raw CPU and system performance. We're gonna look at their three staple benchs. CPU Arithmetic, Multimedia, and memory bandwidth.
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