Internet Content Creation & Office Productivity Performance

Internet Content Creation Performance
Internet Content Creation SYSMark 2001
AMD Athlon XP 1.60GHz (1900+)

AMD Athlon XP 1.53GHz (1800+)

Intel Pentium 4 2.0GHz

AMD Athlon XP 1.47GHz (1700+)

Intel Pentium 4 1.9GHz

AMD Athlon XP 1.40GHz (1600+)

Intel Pentium 4 1.8GHz

AMD Athlon XP 1.33GHz (1500+)

Intel Pentium 4 1.7GHz

Intel Pentium 4 1.6GHz

Intel Pentium 4 1.5GHz

AMD Athlon-C 1.4GHz

215

213

213

205

202

198

198

194

187

181

171

163

|
0
|
43
|
86
|
129
|
172
|
215
|
258

With properly enabled SSE support the Athlon XP 1800+ was already able to offer performance on-par with the 2GHz Pentium 4. Now at 1.6GHz, the Athlon XP is able to claim a small but unnoticeable lead of 0.9%.

Office Productivity Performance
Office Productivity SYSMark 2001
AMD Athlon XP 1.60GHz (1900+)

AMD Athlon XP 1.53GHz (1800+)

AMD Athlon XP 1.47GHz (1700+)

AMD Athlon XP 1.40GHz (1600+)

AMD Athlon-C 1.4GHz

Intel Pentium 4 2.0GHz

AMD Athlon XP 1.33GHz (1500+)

Intel Pentium 4 1.9GHz

Intel Pentium 4 1.8GHz

Intel Pentium 4 1.7GHz

Intel Pentium 4 1.6GHz

Intel Pentium 4 1.5GHz

190

184

181

173

173

171

169

164

161

152

145

140

|
0
|
38
|
76
|
114
|
152
|
190
|
228

The performance increase over the 1.53GHz model 1800+ is slightly more tangible in the Office Productivity suite of SYSMark 2001, but 3.2% is nothing significant. For a user looking to upgrade, the performance difference between the 1800+ and the 1900+ again wouldn't be noticeable.

Overall Performance
SYSMark 2001
AMD Athlon XP 1.60GHz (1900+)

AMD Athlon XP 1.53GHz (1800+)

AMD Athlon XP 1.47GHz (1700+)

Intel Pentium 4 2.0GHz

AMD Athlon XP 1.40GHz (1600+)

Intel Pentium 4 1.9GHz

AMD Athlon XP 1.33GHz (1500+)

Intel Pentium 4 1.8GHz

Intel Pentium 4 1.7GHz

AMD Athlon-C 1.4GHz

Intel Pentium 4 1.6GHz

Intel Pentium 4 1.5GHz

202

198

193

191

185

182

181

179

169

168

162

155

|
0
|
40
|
81
|
121
|
162
|
202
|
242

Because of the processor's very large L1 cache, short pipeline and high hit-rate L2, the Athlon XP performs very well in the Office Productivity suite of SYSMark 2001. This gave AMD the advantage necessary to outperform the Pentium 4 2GHz with the 1.47GHz model 1700+ when looking at the big picture using SYSMark 2001. The introduction of the 1900+ is seemingly unnecessary from a performance standpoint; the Athlon XP already took the gold and with Northwood still not appearing anywhere AMD won't have much to worry about until next year. The current situation seems to place Northwood in the hands of OEMs early next year although it is still supposedly scheduled to be shown off before the end of this year.

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