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Pentium4 vs. AthlonXP, Clock for Clock
By: Jim Miller
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    Pentium4 vs. AthlonXP, Clock for Clock

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    We've all heard it. Neither side is ever willing to back down. "Intel is better!" "No, AMD is better!" Not only have you certainly heard it, you've probably fought it, from one side of the battle line or the other.


       AMD, Intel
      Product:   P4 vs. the AthlonXP Clock for Clock

    Written By:

       Jim "Justi" Miller

    Review Date:

       February 2003

    Pentium4 vs. AthlonXP, Clock for Clock Comparison



    We've all heard it.  Neither side is ever willing to back down.  "Intel is better!"  "No, AMD is better!"  Not only have you certainly heard it, you've probably fought it, from one side of the battle line or the other.

    Since the arrival of the AMD Athlon to put up serious opposition to Intel back in late 1999, the argument has brewed and been fought time and time again.  Who really DOES have the upper hand in performance of the two key players in the CPU speed war?  The race to 1Ghz was a fun one to watch in 2000 to be certain.  Price wars between the two giants have certainly helped us, the end users, immensely.   All of the benefits to us, yet the battles rage on.

    What we at OCAddiction decided to do is attempt to put the argument to a rest by showing you, once and for all, the two chips in identical configurations head to head, clock for clock.  We'll take the latest core from each manufacturer, clock them at identical multiplier x front side bus configurations and throw CPU intensive benchmarks at them.  Numbers don't lie do they?

    This is going to be a short, no frills look at benchmarks of the two, not a lot more.  With that said, let's get on with it.




    Intel  @ 2.4Ghz

    AMD @ 2.4Ghz




    Intel Pentium4 System:


    AMD AthlonXP System:

    • Abit KD7-RAID Motherboard
    • AMD AthlonXP2600+ @ 2.4Ghz (18x133)
    • OCS Radeon 9700 Pro Level III SE
    • Corsair PC3200 512MB (2x256MB) Ram.
    • KD7 On board Sound Card
    • Maxtor 60GB 7200RPM Hard Drive.
    • WindowsXP Professional Version (Clean install)

    Benchmarks Used:




    SiSoft Sandra 2003:

    We'll start with the SiSoft Sandra suite of benchmarks.  While these are synthetic benchmarks, they are easy to replicate with your own systems.  They offer us a great comparison across two or more platforms.


    SiSoft Sandra CPU Arithmetic Bench:



    What we're used to reading in reviews is that this is a benchmark that is heavily dependant on the clock speed of the processor.  Well here we have the two leading CPU manufacturers on the market, both clocked identically.  Interesting eh?



    SiSoft Sandra Multimedia Bench:



    What we see here is pretty much what we saw with the arithmetic bench, the AMD eating the P4 up.  Now we have to bear in mind that these are synthetic benchmarks, but even so, rather impressive.


    Let's head over to page 2 and continue the benchmarking....

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