In spite of the 12% lead the 1.5GHz Pentium 4 took in the Quake III Arena benchmarks, the 1.2GHz Athlon on the AMD 760 platform manages to take a 5% lead over the 1.5GHz P4. This is the perfect example of how the Pentium 4 needs a higher clock speed in order to distance itself from the competition. At clock speeds close to that of the Athlon, without any SSE2 specific optimizations, the Pentium 4 will almost always come out under the Athlon.

We pointed out in an earlier article that Intel will be releasing a 1.3GHz Pentium 4 early next year. Judging by the performance we see here, you can expect a 1.3GHz Pentium 4 to perform barely faster than a Pentium III clocked at 1GHz.

Once again, as the resolution reaches a certain level, the graphics card becomes the limiting factor. At this point, regardless of your CPU, you're not going to be able to get any more performance out of your system.

Gaming Performance - Quake III Arena Gaming Performance - Unreal Tournament & Expendable
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  • g33k - Friday, May 27, 2005 - link

    First Post!!!!

    Seriously how come no one posted on these old articles? It was an interesting read on a bit of history. :)
  • microAmp - Thursday, November 17, 2005 - link


    Seriously how come no one posted on these old articles? It was an interesting read on a bit of history. :)

    Maybe because there wasn't a comment section back then? /sarcasim
  • Rustey118 - Wednesday, August 5, 2015 - link

    10 years after first post. 15 years since article.

    Interesting piece of history. What ever happened to AMD's lead... :(.

    For 10 year in the future reader.

    I knew AMD would take the performance lead.
  • ruxandy - Sunday, March 28, 2021 - link

    @Rustey118: 6 years into the future reader here: Dayum, man! Can I borrow your crystall ball?
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  • Anonymous_87 - Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - link

    this was the worst CPU by intel ever, much like Phenom launch in 2007, yet this is kind towards intel. a contrast to the phenom review. Its sad the bias.
  • Dr AB - Saturday, May 9, 2020 - link

    On the contrary I think this was most interesting ... With much higher memory bandwith, sadly clock speeds were not as impressive in early released models.
  • AndrzejKalach - Friday, February 3, 2017 - link

    Yeaa this history is awesome. AMD INTEL this companies needs to fight every time in the market.
    Good old intels CPUs! That is what i want.
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  • rosek7302 - Friday, February 3, 2017 - link

    hi the 50% higher clock speed very good

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