AMD's Athlon XP 3000+: Barton cuts it closeby Anand Lal Shimpi on February 10, 2003 2:24 AM EST
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General Usage Performance
Although not as performance-critical as content creation applications, it is the set of every day applications like Office and other general usage programs that the majority of users find themselves interacting with the most, thus performance here is also very important.
We start with VeriTest's Business Winstone 2002:
The Business Winstone tests are "market-centered" tests. Business applications are the popular applications employed by most users every day.
Five Microsoft Office 2002 applications (Access, Excel, FrontPage, PowerPoint, and Word)
Microsoft Project 2000
The Athlon XP does extremely well in business/general usage applications as is made evident by Business Winstone 2002. The primary reason for this is that these applications are predominantly integer applications, meaning their code makes use of the CPU's integer execution units. By nature, integer code has a great deal of conditional branches, mostly in the form of equality testing (e.g. if x = 0 then y) which can greatly penalize a long-pipeline architecture such as that employed by the Pentium 4. The Northwood core helped the Pentium 4 keep up in these situations but overall, the Athlon XP is still the best bang for your buck here and the highest performer with the XP 3000+.
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Anonymous User - Tuesday, October 21, 2003 - linkCurious? Athlon XP 3000+ (2.167GHz) Barton is running with Intel's P4 2.5 and above and keep up? Intresting