BAPCo’s SYSMark 98 paints a vivid picture of what the overall performance of a system will be excluding any gaming performance tests. The result is that the Pentium III 733EB barely edges out the Athlon 700, offering AMD’s giant the first real competition it has had since its introduction in August.

At lower clock speeds the Pentium III E remains just as competitive although the Athlon generally outperforms it on a clock for clock basis. Once again the benchmarks do not provide a noticeable performance improvement offered by the i820/133MHz FSB platform over the BX/100MHz FSB platform.

The Pentium III E slowly shapes into a viable upgrade path for BX owners looking to squeeze more performance out of their systems without having to upgrade more than just their processor.

SYSMark 98

Pentium III 733EB (820)

298

Pentium III 700E (BX)

279

Pentium III 667EB (820)

279

Pentium III 650E (BX)

265

Pentium III 600EB (820)

257

Pentium III 600E (BX)

250

Pentium III 600B (820)

238

Pentium III 600 (BX)

239

Pentium III 550E (BX)

236

Pentium III 550 (BX)

222

Pentium III 533B (820)

208

Pentium III 500E (BX)

223

Pentium III 500 (BX)

212

Athlon 700

297

Athlon 650

285

Athlon 600

267

Athlon 550

244

Athlon 500

230

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