Overall Performance using Winstone 2004

Business Winstone 2004

Business Winstone and business applications in general have hardly been a strong point of Intel's NetBurst architecture. The Pentium D 805, along with its brethren, fall to the bottom of the chart. The 805 actually only loses about 4% of the performance of the Pentium D 820, but if single task office applications are all you'll be using you are much better off with the single core Athlon 64 3000+. Even with light multitasking thrown in (as the Business Winstone suite tests), you're still better off with the Athlon 64. You will however lose some of the increase in responsiveness that a dual core CPU will afford you, as dual core CPUs can help mask much of the impact of poor scheduling by Windows when multitasking.

Multimedia Content Creation Winstone 2004

The picture changes a bit when you toss some 3D rendering and more multimedia centric applications into the mix. Now the Pentium D 805 offers better performance than the Athlon 64 3000+, while giving you the more tangible but not easily quantifiable benefits of a dual core CPU.

As the tasks become more intense, the higher clock and faster FSB of the Pentium D 820 become more important; here the Pentium D 820 holds close to a 6% advantage over the 805. Of course at the top of the charts are the Opteron 165 and Athlon 64 X2 3800+, but at more than twice the price of the Pentium D 805 you would expect no less.

The Test Overall Performance using SYSMark 2004
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  • Nick5324 - Friday, April 7, 2006 - link

    Agree, good stuff! I'm looking forward to the overclocking write up.
  • whitelight - Friday, April 7, 2006 - link

    i liked how you included a large variety of cpu's. thanks!
  • lifeblood - Friday, April 7, 2006 - link

    Having read all the reviews of EE this and XF that, I was starting to think my poor little +3000 was ready for the garbage heap. After reading this article I was very happy to see my +3000 still does quite well in office productivity and games which is it's primary use. I guess I will keep it around another year before upgrading to an X2.
  • PrinceGaz - Friday, April 7, 2006 - link

    Superb article Anand, this is the kind of article I like; a test that includes all of the likely alternative chips that might be considered and where something useful is said under each graph instead of just presenting page after page of graphs with no comments. Okay so I look at the graphs first and make my own mind up, but it's always good to see what someone else thinks in each test to see if I missed something important. I look forward to more articles like this; hopefully the Pentium D 805 overclocking article will also look at overclocking the other chips, not just the 805.

    The one error I refer to is that although the Celeron D processor is correctly identified as having 256KB L2 cache in pages 2 and 3 of the article, on all of the graphs (page 4 onwards) it says 512KB. Shouldn't take long to fix.
  • Dfere - Friday, April 7, 2006 - link

    I liked the article- not for the graphs. I rad the beginning, some of the set up and the conclusions, and the comments. I am not a tech head! I agree it is nice to get a broad based analysis/market comparison, especially on the "value" segment orbusiness stuff. (CPA here).
  • JarredWalton - Friday, April 7, 2006 - link

    Fixed, thanks! (Not as easy to correct as you might suspect... graphs require a bit more effort, but at least it was only one change per graph.)
  • YellowWing - Friday, April 7, 2006 - link

    No mention of 64 bit support in the 805, is 64 bit possible?
  • Viditor - Friday, April 7, 2006 - link


    No mention of 64 bit support in the 805, is 64 bit possible?

    FSB = 533 MHz
    Cache = 2x1MB
    Clockspeed = 2.66 GHz
    Virtualization = No
    Enhanced Speed Step = No
    EM64T = Yes

  • YellowWing - Friday, April 7, 2006 - link

  • JackPack - Friday, April 7, 2006 - link

    Yes, of course.

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