Intel's Pentium 4 2.4GHz: Taking the Leadby Anand Lal Shimpi on April 2, 2002 5:17 AM EST
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Content Creation Performance
We start out our benchmark analysis with some content creation tests as usual. The first of the bunch is the 2002 edition of Ziff Davis Media's Content Creation Winstone. As with previous versions of Content Creation Winstone, the premise of the test is to run through a script of a handful of applications (in this case 7) and perform various tasks in the applications while switching between one or more of them. The idea is to simulate a present-day multitasking environment using content creation applications, the 7 application tested are listed below:
Adobe Photoshop 6.0.1
Adobe Premiere 6.0
Macromedia Director 8.5
Macromedia Dreamweaver UltraDev 4
Microsoft Windows Media Encoder 7.01.00.3055
Netscape Navigator 6/6.01
Sonic Foundry Sound Forge 5.0c (build 184)
Content Creation Winstone 2002
Looking at the numbers alone, the move to 2.4GHz gives the Pentium 4 the advantage over the recently released Athlon XP 2100+. In terms of noticeable performance, most users would be hard pressed to find any differences between any of the CPUs faster than the Pentium 4 2.0A.
Here we can see that both the Athlon XP and Pentium 4 are continuing to scale well with clock speed. In our 2100+ review we mentioned that it would take a 2.4GHz Pentium 4 to intersect (or surpass) the performance curve of the Athlon XP and indeed it has.